[Tweeters] A rare Mandarin duck is hanging out in NYC's Central Park and nobody knows how it got there - CNN

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sat Nov 3 17:14:06 PDT 2018


I believe that at least for a while they were reasonably self-sustaining in Stanley Park. Also, they seem to have established a small population in the Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino area. They seem to be a bit more cold tolerant than Woodies, especially for spring nesting, so they might be at a competitive advantage up here.


They have also established a fairly strong population in England.


Obviously, most are escapees but they do have the ability to go feral. Most breeders that I am aware of allow the female to incubate and raise the ducklings so there is a lot of nature in their nurture.


Hal Michael
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> On November 3, 2018 at 4:58 PM Vicki Biltz <vickibiltz at gmail.com> wrote:

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> I’ve encountered several Mandarins over the years, including a pair that had bred, and were considered escapees from a breeder or a zoo. This was in the Midwest years ago. I’ve always considered them escapees. Why wouldn’t this fall under the same category? I’ve always ignored them, since I know bird breeders also breed them.

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