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Mystery Duck

Observed: 15th February 2013 By: trevindevontrevindevon’s reputation in Birdstrevindevon’s reputation in Birdstrevindevon’s reputation in Birdstrevindevon’s reputation in Birds
Duck 1
Duck 2
Description:

In company of Tufted, Wigeon and Pochards.

Identifications
  • Duck (Anas)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    Tufted Duck x Red-crested Pochard (Aythya fuligula x Netta rufina)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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Species interactions

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Comments

David Jardine's picture

Hybrid

Looks like a hybrid - but these are never easy. It would be good to hear the views of others, but I wonder if it is Tufted x Red Crested Pochard?

All the best

chrisbrooks's picture

Agree

I would agree with Tufted x RCP

Mydaea's picture

And it is certainly not Anas.

And it is certainly not Anas.

trevindevon's picture

Interesting

It's very interesting to hear what others think. I suppose a hybrid is the most likely answer. The bird was looking quite menacing to other ducks or perhaps just displaying.

trevindevon's picture

Not anas

Yes I should have tried Aythya which should be nearer. What do you think Mydaea?

Mydaea's picture

Well, if it is an

Well, if it is an intergeneric hybrid, which seems to be the current consensus, you would have been better sticking at the family Anatidae.

Bill Henderson's picture

Red Head

Hi

Is it just my computer or does the tufty on the extreme left have a red head?

Bill

Bill Henderson

Ray Turner's picture

Subject

That’s the bird which is the subject of discussion.

Ray

Ray

trevindevon's picture

Red head

No. That is the mystery duck to me. Very flashy I say. It looks a fair bit bigger to me as well.

Bill Henderson's picture

Subject

Hi
As you read this I will be hiding from the world in a cupboard.

Sorry

Bill

Bill Henderson

Ray Turner's picture

Agree T x RCP

I would go with tufty x RCP too.

Tuftys to hybridise very easily and readily. The Collins field guide has two pages dedicated to tufty crosses. Unfortunately the cover the standard tufty x Pochard cross but not RCP.

Ray

Ray

chrisbrooks's picture

Tufted x RCP

David (Jardine), are you going to add an ID so that we can agree ?

David Jardine's picture

Sorry - offline for a while

Sorry

I've been offline for a while - glad this post has moved forward.

All the best

ophrys's picture

Hybrid

Several similar on the internet...compare this one from Devon a few years ago...

http://www.wildlifeindevon.org.uk/pages/rarityphotos2.htm

Edit: Just seen Chris's comment above...sorry.

Interestingly, the other sighting above is from Devon, as is my linked bird...could they all be one and the same?

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jerebarker's picture

It's the same bird

Been hanging around for several winters now, splitting time between Beesands Ley and Slapton Ley.

trevindevon's picture

Same bird

I think you have found it in the end. It looks exactly like the one featured in the link http://www.wildlifeindevon.org.uk/pages/rarityphotos2.htm as posted by Ian.
Well done again. TV