Forum > Identifying Birds > Identify Bird Smaller Than A Mallard, Seen With Young Half Her Size

Webmaster Posted 27-Jun-2017 12:55
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On behalf of John who sent in an email:-

Smaller than mallard, extremely cute in appearance. This one had 4 or 5 young, half her size, and was aggressive towards mallards. I have not found another image that shows the white eyeline behind the eye and around the eye. Is that a juvenile marking, is this a hybrid? 

Thanks

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Karmann65 Posted 28-Jun-2017 07:06
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I believe this to be a female Mandarin Duck.

It's hard to tell from this picture if there's a small blue/green flash next to the white on its side. The white rear eyeline certainly matches as do many of the variancies in shades of brown. And smaller than a Mallard. Hope this helps.

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Mickc Posted 28-Jun-2017 10:01
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I agree with Karmann65.  It is a female Mandarin.

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Jpricha Posted 28-Jun-2017 11:47
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Thank you for your help. Yes, there is a flash of green on the wing tip above a larger flash of white. I had considered whether this was a mandarin, but doubted it because there was no typical male to be seen during the week, and there was a similar bird with longer feathers at the back showing more green that I assumed to be the male. Thanks Regards

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