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Gorgeous Mandarin Duck, Rarely Seen In U.S., Mysteriously Appears In Central Park

Gothamist Thursday, 11 October 2018
Gorgeous Mandarin Duck, Rarely Seen In U.S., Mysteriously Appears In Central ParkOn Wednesday afternoon, New York birder and birding photographer Gus Keri spotted a rare duck for these parts at the Central Park Pond. The male Mandarin duck is a striking bird, and while there are isolated populations in the United States (in California and North Carolina) they are most often found in East Asia. In fact, if you see one in the U.S., it's likely either escaped from captivity, or is from one of the few feral populations in the aforementioned states (the result of ducks escaping captivity and reproducing in the wild). So naturally, the one in Central Park caught the eye of a few passerby yesterday, and Keri captured it all on video: [ more › ]
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This duck made a very surprising visit to Central Park in new york city. That’s because Mandarin ducks are mostly found in East Asia, although there are small groups in California and North Carolina. So when a birding photographer spotted its striking, crimson, hunter and copper colors, he was...

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