This week I have a fairly straightforward skull that I had to identify recently:
Any idea what species of bird this skull belonged to? As usual, you can put your suggestions below and I’ll do my best to respond. Good luck!
nope. 🙂 I know you think you see teeth, but those aren’t teeth. Look at: https://www.google.nl/search?q=platypus+skull&hl=nl&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=gFTdULCBF-3K0AXoi4DADA&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=628
Looking at the size and the way the eye sockets are placed, I think it is a swan. Still have to find out which one
I think it’s a duck and I think the eye colour may be highly relevant to coming up with a species name. I’m probably wrong though
becoming more bonded to that answer the more I think about it…..
I think you are right.
Don’t get *too* bonded to that answer 😉
but a precious metal could be a clue too?
It looks right for a duck or a teal of some sort.
is there a famous painting of his mother?
No. Great clue though!
So it’s not a Little Bobby Lisa Duck ?
Nope – well, I don’t think so anyway 😉
The hook at the back makes it look like a dull and slow goose.
but it’s too small.
That’s an interesting feature – very handy for attaching labels to! Spoonbills have these foramina too.
I think I agree with Jake on this one.
Looks like a goose to me, anyway.
It’s not a goose.
A Pochard with a name also associated with a squirrel?
I thought Pochard at first, but the supraorbital process isn’t right
But a member of the Aythyinae?
Looks like it may have salt glands, so a sea duck perhaps? Common Scoter?
oooh, that might be it!
Not in the genus Anas
What about a sawbill? mogansa or goosanda?
The bill is a bit wide for one of those
female M******** a********?
Oh, I have just checked my collection and I have used the foramina at the back to attach the label too, I should have followed Jake’s clue up sooner, so it could be S f as the best match for size. My new year’s resolution should be check the bones before resorting to Google.
Right gender, right genus, but I think it’s a different species
can it’s feathers be used to fill duvets?
ie a S. m.