May 25, 2013

Aix galericulata

Bird of month May 2013

Sci: Aix galericulata, Eng: Mandarin duck, No: Mandarinand, It: Anatra mandarina, Fr: Canard mandarin

Dear All,
My bird photo for May is this very photogenic Mandarin duck. It was sometimes in the past introduced to Europe from China. However, since it is breeding naturally in (parts of) Europe, it is now counted among the wild birds of Europe. This winter there has been a mandarin duck residing in Voss, about 100 km from Bergen. A few days ago a mandarin duck appeared in Ortuvannet, Bergen. Perhaps it is the same duck that has come for the Bergen International Festival (Festspillene)?

This is a joint observation with Harald Totland.