A rare mandarin duck has been spotted in Assam’s Maguri Motapung Beel.
Mandarin duck is a native of East Asia countries – China and Japan.
The mandarin duck is widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful duck.
This is for the first time that a mandarin duck has been spotted in Assam in over a 100 years.
A mandarin duck was last seen in Maguri beel way back in 1902.
The mandarin duck was spotted by a team of experts from the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
Chief Executive Officer of WTI, Vivek Menon announced the arrival of this winged visitor.
“Fantastic find by @wti_org_india. White-winged duck survey team of Aftab & Mahesh (volunteer from @AsianWildlife). Mandarin Duck sighted after perhaps a hundred years from Maguri beel Dibru Saikhowa. #assam. Photo shows it with a spot bill duck,” Vivek Menon tweeted.
Fantastic find by @wti_org_india White-winged duck survey team of Aftab & Mahesh ( volunteer from @AsianWildlife). Mandarin Duck sighted after perhaps a hundred years from Maguri beel Dibru Saikhowa. #assam. Photo shows it with a spotbill duck pic.twitter.com/NGnsTbokSW
— Vivek Menon (@vivek4wild) February 8, 2021
The Maguri Motapung Beel is situated near the Baghjan village in Eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.
The Maguri Beel was at the receiving end last year following a blowout in the well number 5 of the Baghjan oilfields of the Oil India limited (OIL).
Fab find, in perhaps a 100years!? When #birders #biologists team up on the #whitewingedduck survey #WTIatWork @AsianWildlife #IndiaAves the capture the unexpected.
Meet the #MandarinDuck in #Maguri waters, spotted with a Spotbilled #duck.@MongabayIndia @NatureIn_Focus https://t.co/b5MSA6Mycb
— Wildlife Trust India (@wti_org_india) February 8, 2021
— Imon Abedin (@imonfilms) February 8, 2021