Northern Shoveler X Blue-winged Teal (Anas clypeata X A. discors), Gilbert Water Ranch, Maricopa County
This apparent Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler was found and photographed by Bernard Howe on 16 April 2014
Hybridization among waterfowl occurs with a higher
frequency than most other groups. This is the third
report of this hybrid pairing posted to AZFO.
The white crescent on the face is shown by
eclipse male shovelers and by hybrids with both Cinnamon
and Blue-winged Teal. However the color of the rest of
the head and the pattern on the body are intermediate
between Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler.
Hybrids with Cinnamon Teal have completely rufous bodies
without the spotting. Also superficially resembles an
Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis), but note the
different pattern to the upperparts.
16 April 2014, photo by Bernard HoweAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 16 April 2014