Rare Waterfowl Hatching at Central Park Zoo

NEW YORK (AP) -
A spectacled eider, a large sea duck native to Arctic Russia and Alaska, at the Central Park Zoo. (AP Photo)
A spectacled eider, a large sea duck native to Arctic Russia and Alaska, at the Central Park Zoo. (AP Photo)

Duck, duck, goose!

Brooklyn’s Central Park Zoo is seeing a baby boom among rare and endangered waterfowl, with chicks from eight rare species having hatched this year. They include nine scaly-sided merganser chicks. The endangered sea ducks are native to Russia, China and Korea.

There are also spectacled eiders, large sea ducks that are native to Arctic Russia and Alaska but whose population is dwindling. The Central Park Zoo has a total of 23 different duck species on exhibit. Most of the species are either uncommon in zoos or endangered in the wild.