Northantsbirds

Hybrid Wigeon

This very striking drake, found yesterday on Earls Barton GP’s Mary’s Lake by Kim Taylor, looked initially like it might be an American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid but it soon became clear it is actually a Chiloe Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon.

Chiloe Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid, Earls Barton GP, 14th November 2015 (Bob Bullock)

Chiloe Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid, Earls Barton GP, 14th November 2015 (Bob Bullock)

Chiloe Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid, Earls Barton GP, 14th November 2015 (Bob Bullock)

It’s an amazing-looking bird which matches known hybrids. A potential pitfall for American Wigeon, perhaps, but green area too extensive, crown yellowish and inextensive and flanks heavily suffused grey.

Chiloe Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid, Earls Barton GP, 14th November 2015 (Bob Bullock)

Eurasian Wigeon, Earls Barton GP, 14th November 2015 (Bob Bullock)

But what would it look like in eclipse? Check the axillary colour: white in American, grey in Eurasian and in this individual, as Bob’s images, above, so neatly illustrate.