Date: 11/3/18 9:53 am From: Bill Shepherd <stoneax63...> Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck in Central Park
A little, Judith. Someone else asked me about it yesterday. The only specific information I have came from Stephen Colbert a few evenings ago.
The species, while native to Asia and a congener to our Wood Duck, is well established and widespread in Europe. I saw my first Mandarin on a river that flows through Berlin.
Of course, like our Wood Duck, Mandarins are gorgeous!
If not introduced deliberately into Central Park, the bird is more likely to have reached North America by flying across the Atlantic than across the Pacific. As far as I know, no duck fancier has fessed up yet.
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Judy Griffith <9waterfall9...>
Sent: Friday, November 2, 2018 9:35 PM
Subject: Mandarin Duck in Central Park