The Mottled duck is occasionally called the Florida Duck. While the resultant gene flow is presently no cause for concern, habitat destruction and excessive hunting could eventually reduce this species to the point where the hybridization with mallards would threaten to make it disappear as a distinct taxon . This especially applies to the Florida Duck , in the fairly small range of which rampant habitat destruction due to urbanization and draining of wetlands has taken place in the last decades; this in combination with climate change affecting the Everglades could be sufficient to cause the Florida Duck to decline to a point where hunting would have to be restricted or prohibited. Captured in my backyard in South Ft. Myers, Florida. I currently have 5 of these ducks that come to visit.
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