Re: [Birding-Aus] Unknown Duck

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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Unknown Duck
From: "Claire Stevenson" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 22:08:19 +0800
I agree Green-winged Teal Anas crecca carolinensis. According to my European feild guide, both races occur in Great Britan with A. crecca being one of the most common ducks and commonly known simply as the Teal. A. crecca carolinensis is described as a vagrent from North America in Europe. The American race also lacks the white outline around the eye, it has grey(darker) underparts, buff breast and white cresent running along the breastside.
Is there any records of this species being kept in captivity in Australia? Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata and the American Wood Duck Aix sponsa are kept by aviculturalists specialising in wildfowl. The Wildfowl Society of WA may have some information on this species, in case it is an escapee. Sorry, I did have a pamphlet with their phone number, but of course it has gone missing at this point in time. Try the Avicultural Society of WA for thier contact.
- CS
Johnsguard, Paul A. (1992). Ducks in the Wild: Conserving Wildfowl and Their Habitats. Key Porter Books Ltd. Canada.
Jonsson, Lars (1992). Birds of Europe. A & C Black London.
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