Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg A colourful and super attractive mandarin duck showed up in a canal in Hougang in June 2021 and caused a spectacle . Its mere presence in an urban environment in suburban Singapore attracted dozens of photographers and bird watchers who camped out night and day to catch a glimpse of the fancy bird. Mandarin duck back, less fancy And it appears that the mandarin duck has come back to Hougang — albeit looking less fancy. Photos put up on the Bird Sightings Facebook group on Oct. 17 showed the mandarin duck looking more drab, like its female counterpart, but otherwise, alive and well — and still attracting onlookers. Photographers were seen staking out at the canal. The duck has lost its bright plumage in a process known as molting. From afar, the duck appeared to blend well into its concrete surroundings. Ducks molt All birds replace their feathers at least once a year, in a process known as molting. This usually occurs after breeding season. Male mandarin ducks molt the showy feathers they use to attract mates and look drabber with their eclipse plumage. The only difference between waterfowls such as… Read full this story
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