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A Mandarin Duck glides across a still pond in Portland, Oregon. 


Mandarin Ducks, native to East Asia, are admired for their striking plumage and are symbols of love in Chinese culture. Interestingly, sightings of these ducks in North America, like in Portland or New York City, often spark curiosity. These instances typically arise from escapees of captivity or intentional releases, as Mandarins are popular in aviaries and private collections. Once in the wild, they adapt to local parks and waterways, adding a splash of color and exotic charm to their adopted environments.

Nature's Palette - Mandarin Duck

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