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Just curious: is my Mallard drake developing a "winter coloration"?

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It may sound like a foolish question, but I have been intrigued by Marshall's unexpected brown head feathers for a couple days now. Is it customary for Mallards, as a wild duck breed, to go through a winter phase?

-Alex

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

 

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"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

 

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Yes, male mallards will go out of breeding plumage around this time every year. They will look more like the females for awhile, then get back their full breeding plumage again during the winter to find their mates for the spring. 

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Yes, male mallards will go out of breeding plumage around this time every year. They will look more like the females for awhile, then get back their full breeding plumage again during the winter to find their mates for the spring.

Oh, dear, I'm SO incredibly sorry for not getting back with you sooner. It was never my intention to be rude. I just have so many threads to respond to these days that it tends to make things difficult at times. Anyway, thank you so much for the information! So sweet of you to respond.

 

-Alex

"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

 

Happy owner of 38 hens, 2 roosters, 5 ducks, 1 drake, 4 cats, and 5 crabby parakeets! lol.png Impatiently awaiting some very beautiful, special little chicks and ducklings this spring....jumpy.gif

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"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

 

Happy owner of 38 hens, 2 roosters, 5 ducks, 1 drake, 4 cats, and 5 crabby parakeets! lol.png Impatiently awaiting some very beautiful, special little chicks and ducklings this spring....jumpy.gif

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Oh, dear, I'm SO incredibly sorry for not getting back with you sooner. It was never my intention to be rude. I just have so many threads to respond to these days that it tends to make things difficult at times. Anyway, thank you so much for the information! So sweet of you to respond.

 

-Alex

 

Aww, you're so sweet! It's totally ok, and glad I could help. :)

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Aww, you're so sweet! It's totally ok, and glad I could help. :)

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"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

 

Happy owner of 38 hens, 2 roosters, 5 ducks, 1 drake, 4 cats, and 5 crabby parakeets! lol.png Impatiently awaiting some very beautiful, special little chicks and ducklings this spring....jumpy.gif

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"But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8

 

Happy owner of 38 hens, 2 roosters, 5 ducks, 1 drake, 4 cats, and 5 crabby parakeets! lol.png Impatiently awaiting some very beautiful, special little chicks and ducklings this spring....jumpy.gif

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