Rare Duck Species: Falcated Duck Found In Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, Calif.

By on Jan 8, 2012 in Animals, North America, Science, United States, World Comments
Rare Duck Species

Rare Asian Duck species at Colusa
National Wildlife Refuge, Calif.

Image Credit: Michael Peters

An Asian rare duck species, found in Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR), California, has drawn a lot of US and Canada bird enthusiasts, according to reports by several international news sites on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Reports say that the male falcated duck was first seen at the Central Valley refuge on December 8, 2011.

Officials at the CNWR say that the rare duck is commonly seen in China, with a smaller number of species live in Japan, North and South Korea. These ducks can also be rarely seen in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

The presence of the bird almost doubled the number of visitors at the CNWR. An official at the refuge visitors center revealed that over 2,000 cars filled with visitors went to the CNWR in December.

Several reports described the Asian duck as having a silvery plumage with iridescent green and bronze on its head. It was referred to as “falcated” or “curved and tapering to a point” due to its long wing feathers near the body that overhang onto the tail.

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