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    I killed a large duck I couldn't ID it. It had a brown body, it's chest was all white, it had blue on it's wings, and it had a blue bill.
    I can't remember what color it's feet were. I didn't get a picture my phone was dead. Anyone have any ideas? It was killed in the mat su valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skybustin28 View Post
    I killed a large duck I couldn't ID it. It had a brown body, it's chest was all white, it had blue on it's wings, and it had a blue bill.
    I can't remember what color it's feet were. I didn't get a picture my phone was dead. Anyone have any ideas? It was killed in the mat su valley.

    Where is it now? Take a picture of the head and I'm sure someone can help you out...

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    Sounds like a pintail if it had a blue bill and was truly "large." Mallards have orange or olive bills and widgeons have brown chests.. other ducks are "small."
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    Widgeon maybe Not to stire the pot or anything but how do people hunt for ducks and not know what they are shooting
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    I've been hunting ducks since I was a little kid and never seen a duck like this.

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    There's always the possibility of it being a hybrid of some sort. Pintail/mallard maybe... A pic sure would have helped

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    Maybe a Blue bill, also known as greater scaup..
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    Pintails, widgeons, greater and lesser scaup, and ring-necked ducks are the only ones I can think of with blue bills. I have never brought a hen oldsquaw or hen harlequin to hand so I'm not sure about those. I suppose their bills are blue-ish. A molted pintail just looks like a brown duck, so that's my guess... but I'd get it right every time with a picture
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    Maybe a Blue bill, also known as greater scaup..

    Bluebills can be greater scaup or lesser scaup, I figured a taxidermist would know that...

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    I found out its a Blue bill thanks for the help. That is the first one I have ever shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skybustin28 View Post
    I found out its a Blue bill thanks for the help. That is the first one I have ever shot

    Bluebills aren't usually "large."

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    Blubill with a 'brown' body? They are a diving duck also so feet would be to the rear of animal. Puddle ducks are more forward. You sure it's a blue bill? Sounds more like widgeon or as others suggest (female or young) pintail. Puddle ducks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DucksAndDogs View Post
    Bluebills aren't usually "large."
    Perhaps it was a 'greatEST' Scaup!
    Your sarcasm is way, waaaayyyyyyyy more sarcastic than mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cod View Post
    Perhaps it was a 'greatEST' Scaup!

    Yeah, the original description didn't sound much like a bluebill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DucksAndDogs View Post
    Bluebills can be greater scaup or lesser scaup, I figured a taxidermist would know that...
    Yes they can.. but their are no lesser scaup in Alaska, unless one got lost.. .. Dont be a hater Cause I made a lucky guess with out a picture..

    Taxidermist yes, But I dont do birds, just my own not wrth the 150 license to do maybe 1-2 a year..
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    Hen Blue bill are brown, and being 1 Sept, a drake or immature bird would be "brownish too" with white bellies and blue "ish Bills"
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    Default Blue bill

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    7th duck from the left.. next to the mallard with the bloddy head is a female bluebill "Scaup" I shot opening morning as well. Never taken one in the area I was at before. As first I thought it was a ringneck but havent seen many of them in the valley either.. Looking at the primary wing feathers, color, it was indeed a Scaup.
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    I think I remember reading in DU magazine that technically only greater scaup are "bluebills," as lesser scaup are "broadbills." However, I've never made any distinction between the two on the wing (or ringnecks, back when I hunted fully plumed birds). We just called them divers until they came to hand. Divers were a treat back home. It's weird to chase them out of the decoys now. I've never been so spoiled on ducks in my life.

    About "big ducks" and "little ducks," I should point out that my definition has changed now that I have 15-20 specie from which to choose. Long ago, mallards and black ducks were the "big ducks," and woodies and teal were "little ducks." Now I'll call mallards, widgeons, pintails, cans, and gadwals "big ducks" because I see so many "little ducks." Little ducks everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    Yes they can.. but their are no lesser scaup in Alaska, unless one got lost.. .. Dont be a hater Cause I made a lucky guess with out a picture..

    Taxidermist yes, But I dont do birds, just my own not wrth the 150 license to do maybe 1-2 a year..

    Not a hater, I've killed several in Alaska (in the valley). Here's a range map...





    They must get lost enough for Cornell to have taken notice, but what do they know about birds?

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