RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1862. Penguin ducks. Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener 3 (30 December): 797.
REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe 2003-8. RN2
IF any of your readers have kept Penguin Ducks, and will have the kindness to observe one little point, and communicate the result, I should be greatly obliged. On examining the skeleton, I find that certain bones of the leg are longer than in the other breeds. I formerly kept these birds alive, and as far as I dare trust my memory, they could run considerably faster than other Ducks. Is this the case? It would, perhaps, be a good way to test their running powers to call the two kinds, when hungry, from a distance to their food, and see which arrived first.—CHARLES DARWIN, Down, Bromley, Kent.
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