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First #egg of the season: the #endangered #Nene or #Hawaiian #goose.
#Madagascar #teal and #Asian blue #quail are coming for a bowl of #food. #mindyourstep!
She's #stirring up her mate again. He probably forgot to bring her a #Valentine's present... Just sayin'...
#endangeredspecies #madagascar #endemic #teal #duck #aviculture
Is it their urge to eat or #spring #fanaticism that brings these #Madagascar #teal (Anas bernieri) so close to their #keeper?
#endangeredspecies #endemic #duck #wildfowl
It's time to wear exuberant #costumes and #masks! Today is the first day of #Carnival 2018 in many parts of Europe. Which #duck do you think is the most decorated of all?

Picture: Brightly coloured #mandarin ducks at #Hinogawa River in #Tottori, #Japan on January 9th 2017. (Getty Images)
The #Hardhead or #Australian #white-eye is a much under-rated #duck in #Aviculture. Possibly the plainest of the #aythya, they are rarely celebrated in collections. Their rounded features and long neck, coupled with that gorgeous blue beak bar makes them very #distinct visually from other #pochard. Where have you seen #Hardheads before?

Photo by @phoebeyoung5
#Repost @blackbrantecology .
Despite being smaller than their counterparts, brant make up in attitude what they lack in heft. Brant are extremely territorial during the breeding season. The typical defensive behavior includes ruffled feathers, a lowered neck, and hissing with the tongue out. Both male and female brant can exhibit aggressive behaviors when defending the nest or nesting site, but males are generally more charismatic in their displays.
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This male (7Y* black)  is well-known by the technicians who have worked on the nesting colony the past few years. In addition to the typical displays of aggression, he paces a precise perimeter around the nesting island, effectively preventing neighboring brant (or curious technicians) from entering his “zone”. Other males have adopted strategies to deter technicians from visiting their nest such as charging them and perching on their heads.
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Despite their aggressive behavior, their small size makes them unable to defend their nests from predators such as foxes. Large waterfowl such as swans and greater white-fronted geese are able to scare away foxes or even harm them by hitting them with their wing. Brant are one of the most susceptible nesters to fox predation because of their large nutritious eggs, colonial nesting strategy, and inability to defend their nests.
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Photo: @codyedeane
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#Madagascar #teal enjoying some warmth
This pair of Madagascar teal has just been moved to a new #aviary and they seem to be very content with it. 
#Endangered #Madagascar #teal #AnasBernieri #endemic #duck #bird #wildfowl #waterfowl
Silver teal, also known as Versicolor teal (Spatula versicolor), a new addition in Vogelpark Avifauna.

#Repost @vogelparkavifauna 
Deze mooie Zuid-Amerikaanse zilvertalingen komen net uit een dierentuin in Slowakije en verkennen hun nieuwe verblijf ( in het zonnetje)#birdsofinstagram #nieuwverblijf #zilvertaling #mooieeend #avifauna #vogelpark #vogelparkavifauna #dierentuin
One of our pairs of #MadagascarTeal arrive in their new #aviary. Preparing for the new breeding season.

#Madagascar #teal #duck #endangered #endemic #bird #wildfowl #waterfowl #waterbird #wetlands
#Repost @boebaty_photography
Hooded Merganser swallowing a fish. Hooded Mergansers find their prey underwater by sight. They can actually change the refractive properties of their eyes to improve their underwater vision. In addition, they have an extra eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, which is transparent and helps protect their eyes during swimming, like a pair of goggles.

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