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A rare Mandarin Duck was recently spotted at Maguri Beel of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district.
The rare duck was first spotted on February 8 by Madhab Gogoi, a Tinsukia-based birder and tour guide.
“This is the first sighting of duck in 118 years in the area. It was last seen in 1902 in Maguri beel, and it is positive news for nature lovers and bird enthusiasts. We are happy to sight the bird at the beel,” Zoology student and bird enthusiast Imon Abedin said.
“For the last two days, we have not seen the bird in the area because of disturbance. After the news, everybody is coming to Maguri beel to sight the rare bird,” he added.
Mandarin Duck was commonly considered the most beautiful duck in the world because of its colour. It was first identified by Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist Carl Linnaeus in 1758.
The eBird website describes it as a ‘small-exotic looking bird’ native to East Asia.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)
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