What’s wrong with ducks and seagulls?

How would you like it if someone called you an ape? We are technically Great Apes along with Chimpanzees, Orangutans, and Gorillas, but we prefer to be called Humans.

Q: What’s this…?

A: A duck competing in the Avian Olympics?

Not only are your jokes rubbish, but you are insulting the bird world. That is a Pochard. [I took that photo in Hackney btw]

There are many, many different species of ‘duck’ and they are all fabulous and different. In fact they are sometimes very different.

Look at the next two pictures (I took both photos in London so they aren’t rare tropical ducks) and guess which one is called a Tufted Duck, and which one is called a Shoveler?

You see, it ain’t that difficult! (If you are still struggling, no. 1 has a shovel for a beak, and no. 2 has a tuft at the back of its head)

I would make a reasonable guess that there is a bigger genetic difference between those two ‘ducks’ than between a human and a chimpanzee.

Similarly, there is no such thing as a species of bird called a ‘seagull’. I will accept that they tend to be a bit more samey than different species of duck, but in all likelihood, what you call a ‘seagull’ is likely to be one of following:

  • Black Headed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull

So, I will end this mini-rant with a picture of a Great Black-backed Gull that I took in Hackney as well – so much for a seagull!

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