Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tufted Duck X Common Pochard at Selsø Sø 16/3-2011

Today Jacob Engelhard found a Aythya-hybrid, at first he suspected that the bird had Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) as one of it´s parents.
After a short talk on the phone we had identifyed the bird as a hybrid Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) X Common Pochard (Aythya ferina).
The bird was found during a check of a larger flock of Aythya´s, in Selsø sø in Denmark. 

Adult male, even in this photo which is overexposed, the bird is easily identifyed. Note the short semi tuft in the back of the crown, which reveals it as a hybrid. The head has a purple gloss, and the eye was noted as orangeyellow. Note also the black tip of the all dark grey bill.

Photo: Jacob Engelhard, March 2011, Selsø sø.

Adult male, note the size of the bird, it is clearly larger than Tufted Ducks. Also note the greyish flanks, a bit darker grey mantle.

Photo: Jacob Engelhard, March 2011, Selsø sø.

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