Meet the Mandarin Duck, a stunning creature commonly regarded as “the most beautiful duck in the world”. Unseen in quite some time, it has finally been spotted once again, this time in Canada.
This unique and very rare bird was recently spotted at Burnaby Lake in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia.
The colorful duck is native to China and Japan, and stands out from the crowd with it’s beautiful orange, white, purple and blue plumage, so it was a surprise to find out it was spotted in North America of all places.
Over the past few decades this species has managed to migrate to Europe, and a small number of them made it over to North America.
The habitats it prefers in its breeding range are the dense, shrubby forested edges of rivers and lakes. It mostly occurs in low-lying areas, but it may breed in valleys at altitudes of up to 1,500 m (4,900 ft).
In winter, it additionally occurs in marshes, flooded fields, and open rivers. While it prefers fresh water, it may also be seen wintering in coastal lagoons and estuaries.
This little fella, affectionately named ‘Trevor’ made his first appearance in Burnaby Lake in 2018, and since attracted large numbers of avid birdwatchers and tourists to the lake in the hope of catching a glimpse of him.
He hasn’t been seen in a while, with the last known spotting back in November of 2019.
Gus Keri, whose viral video kicked off the MANDARIN DUCK mania, returned to the Central Park Pond and produced this stunning sequel pic.twitter.com/NkUfusltlI
— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) November 1, 2018
Trevor certainly stands out from the native ducks and we hope to see more of him in future!