The Mandarin Duck is native to China & widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful duck. It’s stunning multicolored plumage has long made it an artists’ favorite. It is a perching duck (able to fly & negotiate trees), closely related to the North American Wood Duck. The female lays her eggs in a tree cavity and, after hatching, ducklings soon jump to the ground where their mom leads them to water.
A trumpeter Swan enjoys a leisurely swim on the grounds of Connecticut Waterfowl Trust. The trumpeter is the largest living bird native to North America with a wingspan exceeding 10 feet. This bird, originally from Europe was hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800’s and by 1933 only 70 in the wild remained! Careful re-introduction & conservation by wildlife agencies restored the population.
Barrow Golden Eye Duck: A medium-sized black-and-white diving duck, the Barrow's Goldeneye is originally from Iceland. It is, however, primarily a duck of the western mountains of North America & Canada. The drake sports a crescent shaped white patch on the side of his face & has golden yellow eyes. The female is chocolate brown. He can live until 18 years of age.