Anyone know what type of duck this is? This was taken in Minnesota.
CLOSED: Duck ID?
Northern Pintail Drake in eclipse plumage or first yr male
I'll qualify that with probably a Northern Pintail. But it's only got one wing, which means it's a captive bird, and could therefore be from anywhere in the world, not necessarily a local native species.
1 wing pinioning is very cruel. It leaves the ducks unable to do anything but cart wheels across the ground if they get spooked. Both wings pinioned they can at least fly enough to get to a perch, raised nest box, or a few feet away from what scaring them. Figured that out when I bought a Mandarin Hen. Scared me to death the first time I saw her doing it.
That's really sad...I didn't know they did that to captive birds. I had thought that I took this picture at the lake or something but now that you mention that it's a captive bird, I'm sure that this was actually taken at either Como or Superior Zoo.