(noun) Type of duck not native to the region in which it is found. These ducks are typically escapees from zoos, botanical gardens or farms, and they may interbreed with local wild duck populations. The resulting hybrid ducks have indistinct plumage that may have irregular tufts of feathers or unexpected colors.
Domestic ducks are typically found at city parks or near other waterways in urban areas, where they often form mixed flocks with wild ducks. Over time, a pure population of escaped domestic ducks may continue to breed and eventually become established in a new territory. Until that happens, however, sightings of domestic ducks are not typically considered “official” for life lists or state wildlife records.
Photo – Domestic Hybrid Duck © Mr. Lunastorta
Feral Duck, Exotic Duck