New York­ers cap­ti­vated by col­or­ful duck

The Maui News - - NATION -

It took just days for the brightly colored Man­darin duck that ap­peared sud­denly in a Cen­tral Park pond to turn both New York­ers and vis­i­tors into quackarazzi. A horde of pho­tog­ra­phers has been gath­er­ing daily in the park for well over a month, hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the ex­otic bird with pink, pur­ple, orange and emer­ald green plumage and mark­ings. Or­nithol­o­gist Paul Sweet, who heads a vast col­lec­tion of bird spec­i­mens at the Amer­i­can Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory, says there’s noth­ing spe­cial about a Man­darin duck in Cen­tral Park. Such ducks are of­ten im­ported from Asia for use on pri­vate prop­erty. From time to time, they es­cape into the wild.

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