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Presumed hybrid Pochard x Red-Crested Pochard at PN Oyambre, Cantabria, October 2002

Text by Fernando Arce
Photos by Carlos Sainz

Introduction
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During the World Birdwatch day celebration, on Sunday the 6th of October 2002, we located a drake duck at Oyambre Natural Park, Cantabria, N Spain, that showed mixed characters between European Pochard (Aythya ferina) and Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina). 

The bird was with a semi-captive population of birds originally partially coming from Zoologico de Santillana del Mar, also in Cantabria, but also from wild birds that had favoured that area because of human feeding (corn and bread in a daily basis attracted wild birds to the area). 


Description

Note the head profile, bill shape, dark nail in bill, head tone and mantle colour. Compare this drake with a pure Red-Crested Pochard in one of the below photos.
All photos by © Carlos Sainz


Photos

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Discussion

The bird keeps the basic colour of Red-Crested Pochard with a darker, browner, head and darker mantle as well. Proportions of head are those of a Pochard,. Bill appears longer than in Red-Crested Pochard.



Thanks to Fernando Arce & Carlos Sainz  for this interesting record.Gracias a Fernando Arce y Carlos Sainz por esta interesante cita.Gràcies a Fernando Arce i Carlos Sainz per aquesta interessant cita.

 
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Presumed hybrid Pochard x Red-Crested Pochard at PN Oyambre, Cantabria, October 2002
F.Arce & C.Sanz, 2002

Introduction
Description
Photos
Discussion
 

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