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Extinction Countdown

Gay ducks derail repopulation plan

Why are all the good blue ducks gay? That’s what Cherry, the last remaining lass of her kind in England, may be asking herself after two male prospects that might have helped her perpetuate the species fell for one another instead of for her. "They stay together all the time, parading up and down their [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

My famous duck-based rant

Assorted waterfowl I have known. Clockwise from top left: Swan goose (Anser cygnoides), weirdly pale female Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Madagascan or Bernier’s teal (A. bernieri), Black swan (Cygnus atratus), male Upland or Magellan goose (Chloephaga picta), and Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata). Photo by Darren Naish.

Back in February 2001, noted ornithischiphile Pete Buchholz accused ducks of being boring. How dare he. I could only respond… “Errm… the evolution of carpal spurs and knobs, extreme pugnacity and territoriality, nest parasitism, creching behaviour, parental carrying of young both in the water and (!) in the air, monogamous pair-bonding, underwater copulation and the (?)reinvention [...]

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