Northern Shoveler X Blue-winged Teal (Anas clypeata X A. discors), Gilbert Water Ranch, Maricopa County
This apparent hybrid Northern Shoveller x
Blue-winged Teal was found and photographed by Bernie Howe on 27 January 2016
One was present at this location in April 2014 and
may be the same individual.
Hybridization among waterfowl occurs with a higher
frequency than most other groups. This is the fourth
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.
27 January 2016, photo by Bernie HoweAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 27 January 2016