[Tweeters] Wood duck and Hooded merganser hybrids

Marc Hoffman tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Thu Feb 12 09:49:21 PST 2009


For at least the past two years, in the fall/winter seasons, there
has been a male Hooder Merganser paired up with a femal Wood Duck at
the UW Arboretum. I have seen and photographed them many times, as
recently as last week. I've never seen any offspring, but clearly
these two are bonded. I've seen the male chase off male Wood Ducks. I
suspect the female thinks he's one heck of a good-looking Wood Duck :)

Marc Hoffman
Kirkland, WA
tweeters "at" dartfrogmedia "dot" com

At 09:08 AM 2/12/2009, you wrote:

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>Tweets,

>

>I recall some years ago watching a male Mallard chasing a presumed

>female Fulvous Whistling Duck around and around the cage at the

>Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson trying to mount her. This might

>have produced an interesting hybrid, unless I misinterpreted Mr.

>Mallard's intentions.

>

>Gene Hunn

>18476 47th Pl NE

>Lake Forest Park

>enhunn323 at comcast.net

>

>From: tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu

>[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of

>Larry Schwitters

>Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 10:03 PM

>To: ROBERT L BOGGS

>Cc: Tweeters

>Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wood duck and Hooded merganser hybrids

>

>I've now spent some internet time on this and have discovered that

>the Wood Duck comes in second to the Mallard in the total number of

>different species it has been known to cross breed with........26.

>

>What may be a factor is that the Hooded Merganser is "different"

>from the rest of the mergansers, and the Wood Duck is not really a

>dabbler, but is now put in the group of perching ducks.

>

>I still want to see a DNA test.

>

>Larry Schwitters

>Issaquah

>On Feb 11, 2009, at 9:36 PM, ROBERT L BOGGS wrote:

>

>

>According to Handbook of Avian Hybrids of the World, by Eugene

>McCarthy, on page 69, there are 2 species of accounts of this mix.

>

>They are "NHR" "Natural hybridization reported. Hybridization has

>been reported to occur under natural circumstances".

>

>Also: "BRO" "Breeding range overlap".

>

>JRagland

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