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Weird Mallard Beak (hybrid?)

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Amateur Xavier, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. Amateur Xavier

    Amateur Xavier New Member

    Hello all!

    Sorry if this is a stupid question. Admittedly I did not search the forums in case this has happened to anyone else, so I'm sorry if this has been asked by someone else!

    I'm relatively new to Mallard taxi (Only done a handful), but someone dropped off a really large Mallard with these weird indents and coloring on the end of the beak. Breast feathers also had spotting in them (perhaps just from still molting, but could be sign of hybridization). I recognize yellow isn't a strange color on a Mallard beak, but for how distinct it is I thought I'd check. What do you think caused these malformations? The bird was given to me frozen, so perhaps it got freezer damaged?

    I'm only curious if its a natural malformation because if so, I think it'd be unique to put back onto the bird, otherwise I'll use an artificial head.

    Thanks for the help!

    Amateur Xavier

  2. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    I believe it is just caused by being frozen and the lost of color due to death. I would paint it normally. Unless they had pictures showing differently. It can always be painted different later if need be. I had a client insist that his woodduck drake eyes were yellow. He was looking at the frozen bird. I did insist to use the normally colored red ones. He was glad I did
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  3. Amateur Xavier

    Amateur Xavier New Member

    Thanks for your answer! I figured that it was just due to freezing but wanted a second opinion! Thanks again!
    Ya, a yellow eyed Wood Duck would be quite an unusual thing, always funny when clients don't believe us eh!
  4. AubreyW

    AubreyW Active Member

    Yep just bill discoloration for being frozen.

    On a side note, I have killed 1 wood duck with yellow eyes. Lol but yeah that's usually freezer issues too
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