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I shall not use the obvious cliche, 11th May 2014

I shall not use the obvious cliche, 11th May 2014
Parrotsandrew, 11 May 2014
    • FBBird
      I shall not.....

      Sharp-winged, Chestnut-breasted and Marbled Teal.
    • Parrotsandrew
      How subtle are the differences between the Sharp-winged and the Chilean? The zoo's birds were obtained as Chileans.
    • FBBird
      I shall not...

      Sharp-winged are slightly larger, longer and greyer. Chilean are browner with more spots. At one time there were more Chilean around, then Sharp-winged became available and were more popular because they are slightly prettier. Unfortunately the races have been carelessly hybridised and it may be hard o tell what one is looking at at. Although I have bred Sharp-winged, and worked with Chilean, I may be wrong about the birds in the picture. Sorry to be so vague.
    • Parrotsandrew
      That is okay - it sounds problematical.
    • Pertinax
      What is the obvious cliche?:confused:
    • FBBird
      I shall not use....

      'Lovely weather for (confusing, possibly hybrid, small ornamental) ducks'.
      Having disposed of the Anas flavirostris complex, and agreed that the Marbled Teal is OK, let's look at the remaining two ducks at the top of the picture, which at first glance I thought were Chestnut (-breasted) Teal. I still think one of them is, but the duller coloured bird isn't. Any takers?
    • threeple61
      Looks wigeon-like in the top left?
    • FBBird
      I shall not...

      That's the one. Looks to be male, I'm thinking Wigeon x Chestnut-breasted (but not colourful enough about the head?) or Ferruginous x Chestnut-breasted (but not round enough?).
    • Pertinax
      It looks very small to have a Wigeon as one parent, but its general shape is a bit 'wigeony'( I like that new word...)
    • Parrotsandrew
      Yes, FBBird has identified the quote! As for the mystery duck, when seen in the light of day its colours are largely Chestnut-breasted Teal but what the other parent is I am not sure. If I think on I shall ask the Head Keeper on Friday. The other one at the top is indeed a Chestnut-breasted Teal.
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