What Colour Is This Duck #2

bemba

Songster
9 Years
Feb 5, 2010
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Mary Valley QLD.
After talking to my duck friends about what a great site this is one of them asked if I would put up this pick for her to see what people think....... So anyone wanna have a crack! I know that one is natural, the middle one blue fawn but the one closest to the front.... I'm not sure.

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duckyfromoz

Quackaholic
10 Years
Jan 11, 2010
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Australia
I had a look...but the pic is a bit small to see some of the colouring... I could have a guess..... But without seeing a bit more of the duck closer thats all I would be doing..
 

CityChicker

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Mar 21, 2009
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Got your PM. It is hard to say for sure because the bird obviously has excess white. It appears to have blue dilution, probably homozygous, and based on the amount of white, it probably does also have Appleyard (light phase restricted mallard). I would probably call the color Apricot Appleyard. Does she have any idea what the parent birds were? If not, she could tell a lot by crossing back to a wild-type bird (Gray/Mallard).
 

rollyard

Songster
9 Years
Jan 31, 2010
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Too hard to tell if that bird has blue dilution from that pic, but possibly so, & if so, likely homozygous? Much white = those gene combinations that may help your duck express phenotypically as such. The bird isn't dusky (facial pattern). Wild-type mallard (M+) + light phase (li) + blue dilution (homozygous) = Saxony. This bird has more restricted pigmentation? Yes, possibly restricted mallard as opposed to wild-type! Light phase?? Harlequin phase would wash pigmentation out more, plus maybe extend claret onto the shoulders as evidenced (although light phase will do that also)? Wild-type mallard + light phase minus blue dilution = trout & that bird isn't trout! To me she looks like a restricted Saxony, therefore, resticted mallard + light phase gene involvement possibly? (& possibly blue dilution but I just can't see from that pic). Likely impure @ one or more Loci.

Now it is late here (Australia) & I'm tired & not thinking clearly

Cheers
 
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