I didn't really know whether these were duck-goose hybrids when I took these pictures, and wondered what they were. Again, see below. But one interesting thing is that this group pretty much always stays together. If you look at the first two pictures, you will see geese at the left (and these definitely are geese; they honk like geese rather than quacking like ducks). Turns out these are Chinese swan geese. You will also see mallards, as in the front center of the first picture. But then look at the others - lots with markings and colors that are intermediate between the geese and mallards that are always in this group of birds. Turns out these are some kind of domesticated, mallard-based duck, either Saxonies or Indian Runner Ducks, per comments below. I will research these breeds a little more and add anything interesting that I find on them as time permits.
The following pictures give more views that show the range of appearances, and in the last picture, a more close-up picture of what I thought might have been a duck-goose hybrid.
I would welcome any additional knowledgeable input on breeds such as Chinese swan goose, Saxony, or Indian runner duck, or any other information that might be relevant. If you have relevant information please email me. I will share any informative comments that I receive.
Comments and responses:
From Charlie Moors of 10,000 Birds (referring to the second picture from the top above), November 8, 2010:
Hi John Nice mixed group of birds there! The two birds at the back are indeed geese - but not Snows. They're a domesticated form of the Chinese Swan Goose - smaller than the (now very rare) wild form, but widely kept in captivity (originally as 'guard dogs' as they're very loud and can be very aggressive). Your two well-marked drake/male Mallards in the foreground are a domesticated form called the Saxony, a German breed known in the US as a “Golden Cascade”. I think most of the females are showing signs of being that form. The lead Mallard is just a mixed-up type I call a Manky, and there seems to be a normal Mallard at the back of the group. Just shows what can be found on ponds etc these days! Hope that helps All the best Charlie
Hi John, Your "hybrids" are a mallard-derived domestic breed of duck (no goose involved, I assure you) called Indian Runner Ducks. I used to raise them and sell them to 4H'ers for showing at county fairs. Renee
John, November 8, 2010
This page last updated November 8, 2010.