Wood Duck ducklings

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Subject: Wood Duck ducklings
From: Helen Horton <>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 09:27:32 +1000
A question from a friend of mine. He saw a pair of Australian Wood Duck (male and female) crossing a road near Stanthorpe followed by 23 ducklings. Since the recognised clutch size is from 6 to 11, and rarely up to 14, the question is: was this a creche. No other adult Wood Duck were seen.

One suggestion is that a pair could have adopted or taken over another pair's brood, perhaps the adults having been killed.

Does anyone have a possible explanation for this large number of chicks to one pair, or a similar experience?

Many thanks for any response

Helen Horton

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