Overlapping Squares

If two squares overlap, what shapes can the overlapping region make?

Which of the following shapes can the overlap (the green area) be?
Rectangle :: Square :: Kite :: Trapezium :: Parallelogram :: Triangle
Pentagon :: Hexagon :: Heptagon :: Octagon

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