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ANOTHER CONTENDER FOR THE WORLDS MOST BEAUTIFUL BIRD AND IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY!

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YET ANOTHER BIRD THAT IS “DESCRIBED AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BIRD IN THE WORLD,” HOWEVER, THIS IS FOR GOOD REASON, IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY!
With his striking, multi-hued, rainbow-like, technicolor dream suit of color, this duck truly is not like any other!

MEET THE MANDARIN DUCK

One of Canada’s most “famous” Mandarin ducks, Trevor, can be found in British Colombia. He constantly moves between Burnaby Lak and Deer Lake, both of which are found in suburban Vancouver.

Related Reading : Trevor became famous in 2018 when spotted hanging out with some mallards native to the region.

Mandarin ducks were first introduced to the west in the 20th century, however, some escaped and started their own feral colony. As you can see the male is a striking bird no matter what angle you view him from. He has a red bill with a white crescent above his eyes and a red face with “whiskers.” His breast is purple with two verticle white bars and ruddy-colored almost bronze-looking flanks. He has two orange “sails” on his back (large feathers that stick up like boat sails).

In contrast, the female has a white-rimmed eye with a stripe running almost behind her head. She also has a small white flank stripe and a pale tip to her bill.There is always a chance you might see one in North America, but it is very rare to do so. The reason Trevor went viral is because of his rarity. Mandarin ducks don’t have any predators in western countries, so when they became established there were concerns they might become invasive.

Trevor isn’t the only Mandarin duck to make a splash. In 2018, another male Mandarin made a name for himself when he was spotted in Central Park. Affectionately named Mandarin Patinkin after Broadway actor Mandy Patinkin, he caused a sensation and was named “New York’s Most Eligible Bachelor” by New York Magazine’s The Cut. This caused the bird to also get the nickname “Hot Duck.” Bird lovers watched his every movement as he also visited Brooklyn and New Jersey.

Though Mandarin Patinkin was banded, his origins were unknown and he ended up disappearing just as mysteriously as he appeared. His last sighting was in March 2019. While the enthusiasm for these exotic Mandarins is understandable, there is another side to consider. These animals are not native and are most likely escaped domestic pets. This is particularly true of the Central Park duck, which had a band.

In fact, the only Mandarin duck colonies that exist in North America—the largest is in northern California—were formed by escaped or released domestic ducks. The danger with this is that these non-native species can sometimes become invasive. As they don’t have any natural predators in the ecosystem they’re dropped into, they can quickly spiral out of control and overrun local wildlife. This is why there are strict controls on the ownership and release of exotic animals. In fact, the reason why no one stepped forward to claim the Central Park duck is probably because it’s actually illegal to own these animals as pets in the city.

So while we can admire their colorful plumage and try to unravel the mystery of where they came from, we should also remember to appreciate the native mallards we already have. Locals are thrilled that “Trevor,” a male Mandarin duck, has been spotted in British Columbia for the third year.They usually eat plants and seeds but are known to enjoy the odd snail, insect or small fish to their diet, depending on the season. The Mandarins biggest threat is due to habitat loss from logging. They are not currently listed as endangered.

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