Pacific Black Duck - Mallard hybrids

To: "Graeme Stevens" <>, "Kev Lobotomi" <>, "Peter Menkhorst" <>, "Mike Carter" <>, "'Nikolas Haass'" <>, "'Jim Tate'" <>, "'Russell Woodford'" <>, <>
Subject: Pacific Black Duck - Mallard hybrids
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:17:26 +1000
I sent my earlier email before completing one sentence. It should have read I have a clipping from a desk calendar on my office wall
which reads "The best way to solve problems is not to create them".


-----Original Message----- From: Graeme Stevens
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2014 3:21 PM
To: Kev Lobotomi ; Peter Menkhorst ; Mike Carter ; 'Nikolas Haass' ; 'Jim Tate' ; 'Russell Woodford' ;
Subject: Pacific Black Duck - Mallard hybrids

Just a small addition to this discussion - particularly the record Nikolas contributed:

I have undertaken close to 50 Atlas surveys at Warriewood (Sydney Northern Beaches NSW) in recent years and while pure Mallards are occasionally on the Warriewood Wetlands reserve and the settlement ponds, they seem to be much more common and resident along Mullet Creek between the Wetlands and Narrabeen Lagoon. These appear to be pure Mallards, generally paired. There are of course plenty of Pacific Blacks on both the Wetlands and the Creek so the opportunities for an enthusiastic Mallard Drake are plentiful! I have certainly recorded what I considered to be good hybrids. Mind you there are other mixed feral hybrids occasionally which could confuse the issue (Muscovy, Chinese Whites, Khaki Campbell etc). They could certainly do with a clean out.

Best to all
Graeme Stevens

To: ; ; ; ; ;
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:10:45 +1000
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Pacific Black Duck - Mallard hybrids

Hi all!
Although Mallards fortunately aren't that common in Australia, we can't be too complacent about there presence. One thing I have noticed is that many Mallards that I see on ornamental ponds are males (so definitely not a population!), but since they are males they tend to get randy & if they have nothing but black ducks to chase I am sure they would go after them. So the chance of hybrids is quite high! All efforts should be made to remove these birds, so they don't pollute the native ducks with their genes!-Kevin Bartram


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