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This bird was killed flying with wood ducks in southeast louisiana. Not sure what it is?
Looks a lot like the wood duck's Asian counterpart, the mandarin duck. That would make a sense, since it was flying with woodies. Google images of the mandarin duck and see what you think.
Whatever it is, I would be willing to bet that it's not indigenous. Probably escaped from captivity.
Check out the wikipedia page for the mandarin duck: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_Duck
Apparently their are feral populations in a few places in the states, making it at least feasible that one could have hitched a ride with a group of woodies into Acadiana.
Thats a Mandarin Duck. Its part of a species called Perching Ducks, Wood ducks are the same. Very rare for this part, you should def get it mounted. Thats a trophy
Yeah I looked it up and that must be a Mandarain. It certainly is a beautiful bird for sure! Thanks for the help guys!
Were you hunting in yer neighbors ducky pond again ? ? ? :)
Pretty bird! Definately wall hanger.!
Looks like a Muscovy duck and a wooduck hybrid lol
Cool looking duck ! I would get it mounted too .
Supposedly there's an established population of Mandarins on the Northshore. I believe they were the result of a farm escape after Katrina.
i am 100% positive that is a mandorin duck.
Well Matt, what the heck are we doing? Pick up some mandarin dekes and lets hunt those motharoos...haha
If I knew exactly where we'd be on em. However we can probably buy a few live drakes for about $20 each