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Meller's Duck, Africa's forgotten Mallard

p 87-89

Meller's Duck Anas melleri, a Madagascan endemic, was described in 1864 from specimens sent back to London from Madagascar by botanist Christopher Meller. Meller, however, had mistaken his find for the more widespread, and surprisingly dissimilar, Red-billed Duck A. erythrorhyncha. This mistake proved to be only the first in a series of misunderstandings that have left this dabbling-duck one of Africa's forgotten birds. H. Glyn Young

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