Hasties Swamp Pochards and Occam's Razor

Subject: Hasties Swamp Pochards and Occam's Razor
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:27:45 +1100
Hi Carl and Nikolas,

I'm reasonably confident that there are no Red-crested Pochards in captivity in Australia.

Australia has strict importation restrictions on birds and this has greatly limited what captive birds have entered the country over the last 30-40 years. As a result exotic waterfowl kept in Australian collections are pretty much limited to species that were established in captivity before that time. Off the top of my head the list is....

Egyptian Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Ruddy Shelduck
New Zealand (Paradise) Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Carolina Wood Duck
New Zealand Scaup
+ various domestic forms such as Greylag Goose, Muscovy and Mallard


Rohan Clarke

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