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Discussion in 'Taxidermy Forum' started by GCBLKLAB, Mar 30, 2010.
Hey kettle, this is pot, you're black .
No male organs just like the guy who keeps arguing with you. UNCLE UNCLE UNCLE I GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This thread has made me laugh so much that I got coffee in my nose!
It could easily be an old hen, or, an even rarer possibility, it could be a genuine hermaphrodite, with both male and female internal organs.
An old hen CAN get the yellowish-green beak color of a drake but all of the ones that I know of have retained the dark streak on the beak's dorsal surface. My suspicion is that the bird originally had that dark streak, and that perhaps the taxidermist thought that it was an artifact due to freezer burn.
(It can happen.)
Let's toss another bomb into this thread - just for the halibut, okay?
To me, it looks an awful lot like a mallard x Mexican duck!
*laughs and runs*
(But seriously -- it's a gorgeous mount that really does the bird justice, and, whatever zhe is, zhe's unusual and very worthy of being mounted. What else matters?)
Nancy,Nancy,Nancy....................you of all people should know its a bill not a beak
OH ... I know that. A duck's bill is covered with skin so it's technically not a beak.
But so was that thing that Jimmy Durante had growing on his face, and that was a BEAK if ever there was one!
..........coffee out the nose,Thanx.
It's simple, that duck is from California.
Really nice bird/mount.
Interesting post (well, most of it). And beautiful mount! I shot an identical looking mallard about 10 years ago here in IN in the late season, and at the time assumed it was a mallard/black hybrid. I still regret not saving it, but was maxed-out on posession at the time so I grilled it.
Ugly birds, awesome mount
Here is one I shot a couple years ago in late Jan very similar to the original mounted bird. It had green bill female sex organs no male and was a larger than normal bird.