Amazing pictures show stunning RARE duck on a Merseyside lake

Shirley Banks

This stunning colourful rare duck has been spotted on a Merseyside lake this week.

The bird is known as a mandarin duck and originates over 4,500 miles away in China, but it has been recently spotted on a lake in Sefton Park.

The Mandarin Duck was introduced from the Far East, where it can still be found in China, Japan, Korea and parts of Russia.

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Mandarin Ducks are actually quite shy birds, often hiding beneath overhanging willows and usually only forming small flocks.

The Wildlife Trusts say: “It was introduced from China and now found on park lakes and other wetlands with overhanging trees, mainly in South East England, but also in North England, Wales and Scotland.”

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