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White-headed Duck Population Larger than Previously Thought

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by LaughingDove, 7 Dec 2016.

  1. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    I saw this very interesting article in the NHBS newsletter today:

    White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)
     
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  2. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    Even though the breeding locations still require been found, it is great news the global population of this nice duck species is much larger than previously thought. Some welcome news ...
     
  3. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    The other important question is how well the purity of the species is being maintained....
     
  4. LaughingDove

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    I believe that the purity of the species was quite effectively maintained, and from what I have read, culls of hybrids and of pure Ruddy Ducks have been successful.
    Also, I believe the introduced population of Ruddy Ducks was confined to the Western population of White-headed Ducks and it didn't spread to the Eastern population. Though please correct me if I am wrong on either of those points.
     
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