A great deal has been written concerning the fate of the Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis in Britain and Ireland (e.g. Brit. Birds 86: 338; 87: 394-395, 494; 88: 243-244). While I have no wish to add any weight to the emotive rhetoric which has sometimes been used, I should declare here and now that I feel that these birds should be left alone, and for good reason. The Ruddy Duck belongs to a small s


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