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Condor Editor Pick - Will Mallards Hybridize Their Cousins out of Existence?


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Mallards—the familiar green-headed ducks of city parks—are one of a group of closely related waterfowl species, many of which are far less common. Interbreeding with Mallards can threaten the genetic distinctiveness of those other species and cause concern for their conservation. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications investigates hybridization between Mallards and Mottled Ducks, a species specially adapted for life in Gulf Coast marshes, and finds that while hybridization rates are currently low, human activity could cause them to rise in the future. Read the press release at https://americanornithologypubsblog.org/2017/09/06/will-mallards-hybridize-their-cousins-out-of-existence/.

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