Save the Mallard

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Save the Mallard

Postby ledzep » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:07 pm

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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby Clinton9 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:33 pm

Save our Grey ducks, not Mallard ducks.

In year 1777 when Capian James Cook arrived in NZ, the Grey ducks were the commonest duck of NZ, but thanks to stupidty of people in 1880s and 1930s, in bringing these mallard ducks to NZ, and now our Grey ducks are endangered while Mallard ducks are NZ's commonest duck today. Mallard ducks had hybridized with our Grey ducks.

Mallard had hybridized with Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Green-winged teal, Mottled duck, American Black duck, American wigeon, domestic Muscovy ducks, Wood duck in USA and Teal, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, European wigeon, domestic Muscovy duck in Europe, and Spot-billed duck in India, and Pacific Black duck in Australia, and Yellow-billed duck in Africa.
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby Pete McClelland » Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:58 pm

Not to mention South Island Brown Teal. The last ones found in Fiordland were all Mallard hybrids.
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby SomesBirder » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:41 pm

Clinton9 wrote:Save our Grey ducks, not Mallard ducks.

In year 1777 when Capian James Cook arrived in NZ, the Grey ducks were the commonest duck of NZ, but thanks to stupidty of people in 1880s and 1930s, in bringing these mallard ducks to NZ, and now our Grey ducks are endangered while Mallard ducks are NZ's commonest duck today. Mallard ducks had hybridized with our Grey ducks.

Mallard had hybridized with Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Green-winged teal, Mottled duck, American Black duck, American wigeon, domestic Muscovy ducks, Wood duck in USA and Teal, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, European wigeon, domestic Muscovy duck in Europe, and Spot-billed duck in India, and Pacific Black duck in Australia, and Yellow-billed duck in Africa.


Yes, Clinton9, we know. Please understand that the information that you are giving is not required. This poster is most likely a joke that some moron made.
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby Jan » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:08 am

Well I for one, didn't know they were so random in their choice of mate. I know they are pretty randy though!

That poster has to be from overseas, Ledzep? All the swans look like something you see in Europe, even on the Thames
in winter, maybe?
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby Clinton9 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:50 pm

I think the post was photo in either England or Thames, Great Britian, note the seaval adult mute swans in water (Very rare in NZ, less than 200 birds, decreasing)

Hey Pete McClelland,
Are you sure Mallard had hybridized with Brown teals ??? I really did not know whether mallard had hybridized with Brown teals or not, as I had not seen any evidences as photoes of hybrid ducks Mallard X Brown teal.
Can you please post photoes of hybrid Mallard duck X Brown teal ???

SomesBirder,
Can you please be nice and not too bossy. OK ? I didn't liked about you saying about my emails were not required.
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby boneywhitefoot » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:00 pm

have never heard of Mallards had hybridizing with Brown teal.
where as its true mallards vs grey duck, the loss of habitat has been a major factor in decreased grey duck numbers.
here is one of my blog entries on the problem.

http://boneywhitefoot.wordpress.com/2012/10/
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby Byrd » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:34 pm

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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby SomesBirder » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:56 pm

Mallards will hybridize with anything in their genus (including brown teals), and more. It should not come as a surprise to anyone.
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Re: Save the Mallard

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:19 pm

I thought this chap
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..and his lady friend
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could be brown tealards

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