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Help Me identify a bird

GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
So, I've been seeing a pair of these birds on the Thames river in London Ontario that are somewhat confusing me; They appear to be a pair of ducks that are pretty much all black and maybe a little bigger then a mallard. Ordinarily I would do a google search to try and identify them from a visual recognition guide for ontario water fowl but nothing in there seems to match up, so I'm thinking it might be something from the states that made it's way north.

Sadly I don't have any pictures to use as a reference.

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    JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    a loon?

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    GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    No, This one was all black; no patches or shades or such. Also It had a bill and not a beak like a loon or a cormorant. Also didn't seem to have a long neck like a goose if that helps at all.

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    NobodyNobody Registered User regular
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    JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    American Coot?

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    GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    I don't think it's either of these; like it absolutely had a bill like a duck as opposed to a beak.

    I'm really sorry I'm being vague about this.

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    bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    A very tiny black swan?

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    black swans largely do not exist in the wild in north america

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    bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    I made a silly joke.

    But about what you said... they don't? You only get white ones or no swans at all?

    Wouldn't say they're common here but i see them often enough.

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    RingoRingo He/Him a distinct lack of substanceRegistered User regular
    edited July 5
    American Black Duck:
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    Double Crested Cormorant:
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    White Winged Scooter:
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    Surf Scooter(s):
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    Black Scooter:
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    Western Tanager:
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    These are all birds that have been photographed in your area on the iNaturalist app/website. (The images here are from Google though)
    It's probably not the Western Tanager, but it's cute!

    Ringo on
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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    bwanie wrote: »
    I made a silly joke.

    But about what you said... they don't? You only get white ones or no swans at all?

    Wouldn't say they're common here but i see them often enough.

    I'm just going off what I read on the internet, but yeah black swans don't exist naturally in north america. Wikipedia article says some ponces have tried to introduce them here though so there's probably some small populations. The swan species that live here naturally are the trumpeter swan and the tundra/whistling swan, which are both white.

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    FiendishrabbitFiendishrabbit Registered User regular
    ...Male surf scoters are just absolutely ridiculous birds. It's like someone took a normal bird and then just decided to attach some kind of bird clown nose.

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    bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    I love the self-conscious look the middle scoot is having there, he looks super embarrassed.

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    TastyfishTastyfish Registered User regular
    edited July 9
    ...Male surf scoters are just absolutely ridiculous birds. It's like someone took a normal bird and then just decided to attach some kind of bird clown nose.
    I mean, does that not happen?

    This is a male Puffin outside the breeding season. Their fancy beaks do just...fall off.
    The rest of the clown makeup is washed off as well until you arrive at "Drab Auk"

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    GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    edited July 10
    So as luck would have it I was able to get some pictures of these birds earlier today:

    This is the best one I could get:
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    Spoilered for big; I know they're not mallards because they're a fair bit bigger (and darker overall), but closer up they seem to have that greenish tint around their head and neck.

    Also I have a second picture here with a mallard in the far right for scale reference:
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    NobodyNobody Registered User regular
    Could be either a Cayuga duck, or an escaped Black East Indian duck:

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    GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    Thanks for the help: looks like it was the Cayuga; can honestly say I'd never even heard of that kind before :)

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