Paradise Shelduck id help please.

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Jim Kirker
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Paradise Shelduck id help please.

Postby Jim Kirker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:12 pm

Is the bird on the right an adult male in eclipse plumage or an immature male ? They called the typical male and female calls.
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Paradise Shelducks, Tahuna Torea, Auckland 29/07/18
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Ian Southey
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Re: Paradise Shelduck id help please.

Postby Ian Southey » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:35 pm

Jim

If you are right about the calls you have found an interesting partially white male. I think it is too late for it to be a juvenile female and the call would be different. There is a different eclipse plumage but you have to look hard to notice it.

Ian
Jim Kirker
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Re: Paradise Shelduck id help please.

Postby Jim Kirker » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:40 pm

Ian,

I recorded the calls and listened again at home - male and female. So would it be a partially white leucistic male ?

Jim
Clinton9
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Re: Paradise Shelduck id help please.

Postby Clinton9 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:36 pm

Pied adult male and his normal wife.

Pure white wing coverts told me the male is adult male, as immatures have grey colours on secondary coverts.

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