This second illustrated book on hybrid ducks is supplementary to Hybrid Ducks (1996) and follows the format of that earlier contribution. The text provides a checklist of 220 hybrid combinations which are known to be, or believed to be, first generation crosses. Plumage descriptions and other information recorded in the 1996 book, and in the three bulletin updates, are not repeated herein. Instead, an opinion is given on an individual hybrid's likeness to its parent species or to another kind of duck or hybrid. New facts relating to any of the 215 combinations referred to in the four earlier publications are included, as are notes on the plumage of the five crosses added to the inventory since Bulletin No. 3. Some information is also given on the following: truly wild hybrids; captive backcrosses, intersexes and multiple hybrids; and colour variants of true species which are sometimes mistaken for hybrids. Altogether about 400 duck crosses were investigated up to the end of January 2001. The 95 full colour photographs depict 80 different live hybrids, mostly those in, or which have been in, the authors' collection. Also included are photographs (some of wild hybrids) taken by correspondents living in Finland, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. None of these photographs has been published in Hybrid Ducks (1996). Subjects depicted include some examples of eclipse plumages, intersexes, backcrosses, second generation crosses and two very rare "Swoose" (swan X goose hybrids).
Good condition paperback with a faded spine and slight damage to the lower back cover.