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White-backed Duck Nest

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White-backed ducks are a fascinating species. Showing affinities to both stiff-tailed ducks and whistling ducks, it is now mostly considered to be an atypical part of the latter tribe. As with whistling ducks, both parents take part in the incubation duties and here, it was the male who was setting and none too happy about being disturbed. This nest was very well concealed within the aviary, near the water, and their chocolate brown eggs, a unique color in waterfowl eggs, blend in rather well. 5 of the 7 eggs are viable. We now patiently await the hopeful arrival of the very adorable ducklings in roughly 30 days! #whitebackedduck #breedingseason

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