Motley Mandarins

Kunterbunte Mandarinenten

Non-native but well-adapted are Berlin's Mandarin Ducks, seen here in the Tiergarten. - <em>by SL Wong</em>

If the crazy colours and patterns of male Mandarin Ducks don’t point to natural selection at its most obvious, I don’t know what does. Berlin-Brandenburg actually has the second largest Aix galericulata population outside East Asia. They now number around 900, the legacy of Zoo Berlin escapees, according to amateur ornithologist Wolfgang Mädlow. I love just watching them.

Experienced: 05.01.2009 || Recounted: 25.08.2014

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