Gestart door paulhoekstra, juli 20, 2004, 22:46:09 PM
CiteerThe probably extinct Crested Korea (Kuroda's) Shelduck is known from only four specimens. While described and illustrated by the Japanese prior to 1850, the species remained a mystery until April 1877, when a female was dropped near Vladivostok, Russia. The unique duck remained undescribed until 13 years later, when it was believed to represent a hybrid between a Ruddy shelduck (Rode casarca, Tadorna ferruginea) and a Falcated duck (Sikkeleend, Anas falcata).In late November or early 1913 or 1914, a pair was obtained in western Korea near the mouth of the Kun-Kiang River. The female subsequently vanished and the drake was discovered in 1922 by the eminent Japanese ornithologist Dr. Nagamichi Kuroda in the collection of a friend in Seoul. A female shot on the Naktung River near Fusan, Korea in December of 1916 ultimately become the type specimen, when Kuroda described it for science in 1970.
CiteerNone of these reports have been substantiated. Crested shelducks are almost certainly extinct, but persistent unconfirmed sightings provide faint hope that these colorful ducks might still survive somewhere in remote northeastern Asia.
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