Laysan Duck x Mallard Anas laysanensis x Anas platyrhynchos

Whilst it is not hard to see Laysan Duck influence in this bird, its appearance is so far from a normal Laysan Duck that I was convinced it must be a hybrid. It transpired that it's actually a "ginger" variant of Laysan Duck that's sometimes kept in wildfowl collections. Exactly how these are produced I am not sure, but it sounds like they probably contain some Mallard blood.

Thanks to Joern for clearing up the mystery on this one, and for finding this photo of a pair of similar birds in a Scottish collection.

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'Ginger' variant Laysan Duck, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 4th December 2010 - such variants must surely contain some Mallard genes?

 

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'Ginger' variant Laysan Duck (presumably with some Mallard genes), Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 12th March 2011 - the same bird as above