musk ducks

To: "roger curnow" <>
Subject: musk ducks
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 13:51:04 +1100
Hi Roger,
I would suspect you are correct. From the photo I can't tell. The feather sticking up in the lower photo looks like an out of place secondary, not a primary feather. 
Just one point for clarification though. You wrote: "The wings seemed to be about half the length I would expect for an adult bird." The question arises as to whether you are comparing the wing length to what you would expect for an adult duck of some other similar sized species or what you would expect for an adult Musk Duck. The point being that adult Musk Ducks do have very short wings. So the wings may be very short which is quite ordinary for adult Musk Ducks. Another aspect is do Musk Ducks moult all their wing feathers simultaneously? Many ducks do and this one seems a likely one to do so. HANZAB probably tells us all that stuff. 
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