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"The white headed duck is one of the most endangered in Europe and the threat to it from the ruddy duck remains. We need to get to a position where there is no longer a threat. Otherwise, in 20 years' time we could risk being in the same situation because we failed to see it through to the best conclusion."
Statement from the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
So what exactly is this terrible threat..are the Ruddy Ducks eating the eggs or bullying the White headed ducks? Answer NO, what they are doing is inter-breeding with each other so you get a hybrid white-headed-mixed-race-ruddy-duck.