RE: Chestnut Teals and others, Sydney Park

To: 'Eric Finley' <>, "" <>
Subject: RE: Chestnut Teals and others, Sydney Park
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 16:51:51 +1100
I'm interested in this too.  Does the eclipse plumage ever make it impossible 
to tell males from females?  And in what months does it occur?

Peter Shute

 wrote on Wednesday, 18 February 2009 11:38 AM:

> Hi all
> Last week there were a pair of Chestnut Teal in the main pond
> at Sydney Park in inner city Sydney (St Peters/Alexandria)
> with 6 recently fledged young - in the area of the park which
> hosted Crimson Chats last year.
> The apparent male of the breeding pair has a sooty brown as
> opposed to glossy/metallic green head, and also lacks the
> reddish brown underparts which seemed to be a dull darkish
> brown. I'm a bit ashamed to admit I'm not confident in
> identifying an eclipse Chestnut Teal despite being a
> long-time Sydney birdwatcher, but assume it is eclipse and
> not a hybrid?
> The field guides seem to have very limited - and varying -
> references to eclipse plumage, and no 

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