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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

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 7 Calls, 3 interesting ducks, 4 furry kitties, and 4 crabby parakeets! 

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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

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 7 Calls, 3 interesting ducks, 4 furry kitties, and 4 crabby parakeets! 

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 7 Calls, 3 interesting ducks, 4 furry kitties, and 4 crabby parakeets! 

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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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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 7 Calls, 3 interesting ducks, 4 furry kitties, and 4 crabby parakeets! 

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 7 Calls, 3 interesting ducks, 4 furry kitties, and 4 crabby parakeets! 

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