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I was out hunting today and I found a duck and I am not really sure on what it is.

It looks like a hen mallard but doesn't have the blue on its wings like a mallard. It has an all blue blue, orange feet. And it is smaller then a normal mallard. What kind of duck do you think it is?
 

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blue blue??? did you mean blue bill?

orange feet...mallard, shoveler, goldeneye, BWT, gadwall

I'll go with immature drake gadwall...
 

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Sorry no pictures, I don't think its a gadwal. It quacked like l mallard. And no its not a bluebill duck. I am kinda thinking maybe a cross of mallard and pintail.
 

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what color was the speculum? the picture you painted was as clear as mud to me, but if i had to venture a guess I would go with gaddy as well. except for the blue bill, was it a darkish navy blue, or a light tarheel :lol: blue?
 

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Ok, brown body like a hen mallard. Blue bill like a pintail. Orange feet. No blue on the wings like a hen mallard. Quacks like a mallard.
 

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Well now that you say it has athe blue like the pintail it seems like it could contain something along the lines of a redhead to maybe but then again theres the orange feet!! has to be some kind of cross or something along those lines. confusing just because it has no color on the wings. I know the hen gaddys have no color on their wings but then again they don't have the blue bill. This last weekend we shot a redhead that had no colors on his wings but then again...no orange feet!
 

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No, no hobby farm around there. Sorry I didn't have my camera and I didn't want to shoot it because I wasn't 100% sure what it was.

I will try to paint the best picture I can.

Has a blue bill like a pintail's bill.
Has orange feet like a mallard
Over all color of the body is that of a hen mallard
Quacks like a hen mallard.
No blue feathers on its wings like a hen mallard
just a little bit of white on them.
 

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I'm thinking and immature mallard. A late hatch bird would be small and may be lacking in coloration of the beak and speculum.

One other thought... A hen Cinnamon teal. Same size as other teal, black or blueish gray beak, yellow orange feet and light blue on the wing which may not be readily distinguisable. Not real common around here but you run into one every once in a while.
 

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No I didn't shoot it bescause I want to know what it is, and if it is something rare I want to mount it.
So once you find out what it is you will shoot it?!

I would have used my hunters choice 1 EFF up duck and pulled the trigger!
 

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Gadwall

Identification Tips:

* Length: 14.5 inches Wingspan: 35 inches
* Large dabbling duck with steep forehead
* White speculum
* Juvenile similar to adult female

Adult male alternate:

* Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer
* Black bill
* Brown head
* Gray body
* Gray and brown breast, back and upperwing coverts
* Black rump, uppertail coverts and undertail coverts
* White belly

Adult male basic

* Similar to adult female

Adult female:

* Gray bill with orange edges
* Mottled gray, brown and white body plumage
* Distinct white belly patch

Similar species:

Adult male in alternate plumage is unmistakable. All plumages easily identified in flight and occasionally at rest by white speculum. Females and immature at rest can be identified by their steeper head profile than similarly-plumaged Mallards, by the gray bill with orange edges, and by the distinct white belly patch.
 
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