Domestic Ducks, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Odd Ducks

Domestic Ducks, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Domestic Ducks

She expected a place with more class when he asked her for a date.

If you have gone for a walk in a park, you may have seen odd ducks.

They might have appeared in assorted colors, with crests, or both.

When I first saw such ducks in a local park, I thought I had discovered a new species. Fortunately the experts at my local Audubon chapter were kind.

Domestic Duck, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Domestic Duck

Actually, these are domestic ducks that had (most likely) been released in your area.

Sometimes people buy a cute chick as a pet and then become shocked when it grows up. An adult duck has many quirks that make it a bothersome house pet (compared to a fuzzy little chick that’s content to stay in a box). For example, they nip, fly, and quack.

So these ducks end up being set loose in a park.

The odd colors are the result of breeding with other domestic ducks or with Mallards.

For info, real Mallards look like the ducks in the photo below.

Mallard - Female (Left), Male (Right) and Five Chicks; © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?

Mallard – Female (Left), Male (Right) and Five Chicks

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: Two of these domestic duck photos appear in Funny Birds.

Help Birds Tip

Take in pets only when you know what to expect.

Why: Releasing a pet is bad for the pet and bad for the environment. Some perish. Others cause havoc.

Better: First, conduct appropriate research. Then visit Adopt a Pet to locate an animal shelter in your area.

Birding Resources

I recommend supporting The American Bird Conservancy (ABC). See: American Bird Conservancy

The ABC published an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation

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  • Susan Bulger
    Posted at 21:14h, 18 October

    As always you give such good advice. Learning about a pet before adopting is essential for the happiness of the pet and your family. Each type of creature has different needs. Thank you for reminding us of this.

  • Debra Atlas
    Posted at 13:47h, 20 October


    LOVE these pictures. Made me smile.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Kristin Risley
    Posted at 19:30h, 25 October

    I’ve seen some of those really weird ducks at a pond at NM Tech in Socorro, NM. I thought they had some kind of genetic defect. They looked pretty wacked out. I also saw one of them getting picked on by the more normal looking ducks.

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