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The Red Book bird has not been seen in the city since 1960.

A male gray duck was spotted and photographed on Lake Bezdonnoye. He swam among the mallards. According to experts Mosprirody, this bird has not nested in Moscow for about 30 years.

The gray duck differs from its relatives – the mallards – by its monotonous gray color and smaller size. The bird is listed in the Red Book of Moscow with a zero rarity category – it is an extinct species, its representatives have not been observed in the city since 1960.

“During the migration period, you can often see unusual species in places where they have not been encountered before. So the gray duck turned out to be an accidental guest of Serebryany Bor, ”the ornithologists of Mospriroda commented.

Gray ducks are sometimes called gray duck and half-duck. The plumage of males does not have bright colors, like those of drakes of other species. They feed mainly on plant food, however, while raising ducklings, they eat animal food. Gray ducks nest in the forest and steppe zones of Eurasia and North America. Starting from the end of September, they fly to the sea coasts to the south of the nesting area.

In autumn, most birds migrate to warmer regions, so at this time in Moscow you can meet unusual species. For example, recently in Serebryany Bor on Lake Bezdonnoye, three wiggles, which, like gray ducks, do not nest in the capital and stopped to rest between flights. And in the nature reserve “Dolgie Prudy” rare gray heron…

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