FW: [canberrabirds] Hybrid Duck at ANU [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Hybrid Duck at ANU [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:17:18 +1000

A piece on mixed pairings in Vancouver at


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From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Thursday, 27 August 2009 5:39 PM
To: 'canberra birds'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Hybrid Duck at ANU [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Well, just for the purpose of discussion, I agree about the teal size, the head/neck and length does look like a Khaki Campbell (Mallard ancestry) as Paul says, and the bill looks like a shoveler, which is another possible source of the reddish legs.  There could be several species involved with no intervention of a wild species for 2 or more generations.


From: Dimitris Bertzeletos [
Sent: Thursday, 27 August 2009 4:50 PM
To: canberra birds
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Hybrid Duck at ANU [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Thanks for your replies so far,

PBD x (dom.) Mallard is probably the most logical combo as well (too big for a teal species to be involved...). Anyone know how serious the mixing of the two is in the ACT?


Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 16:13:23 +1000
Subject: Hybrid Duck at ANU [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]



Based on overall size, shape of head, and colour of legs, I suggest this is a Pacific Black Duck x Mallard hybrid.




Harvey Perkins
CRC Strategy and Communication Section
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research



From: Dimitris Bertzeletos [
Sent: Thursday, 27 August 2009 4:00 PM
To: canberra birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Hybrid Duck at ANU

Hello all,

A while back I posted of a possible PBD x Chestnut Teal on sullivans' creak, ANU. Well today the bird was back and I had my camera with me. =)

Anyone else reckon he's that combination or anything else for that matter? One parent is, imo, definitely a PBD.

Cheers and thanks!


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