Monday 4 January 2016

Wood Duck x Bufflehead

captive Wood Duck x Bufflehead hybrid, Netherlands - copyright Joern Lehmhus
(illus. ID: 2437)

The photographer of this bird didn't know its parentage, but Joern points out:
"Wood duck traits are obvious and the other features indicate the second parent to be a short-billed white-flanked and pale- or white-breasted bird.  From bill and eye coloration a dark-eyed, grey-billed bird appears also likely.  All these features point to Bufflehead."

Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola

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