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Photo Essay: The Redhead

Encapsulating versatility and beauty
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Many females lay eggs in the nests of other ducks in a reproductive strategy known as nest parasitism. In one study conducted on Manitoba's Delta Marsh, more than 90 percent of canvasback nests contained redhead eggs. The unsuspecting foster hens raise these redhead ducklings as their own, while the young birds retain their identity as redheads later in life.



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