Australia's Sewage-Dwelling Goth Duck Attracts Crowds With Slicked-Back Feathers and Piercing Eyes

Tufted ducks are considered rare everywhere except western Alaska, according to the National Audubon Society.
Tufted ducks are considered rare everywhere except western Alaska, according to the National Audubon Society. Getty Images

New York's mandarin duck might be the most beautiful in the world, but Australia’s black goth duck has no interest in subscribing to mallard beauty standards.

A rare tufted duck, with dark, slicked-back feathers and piercing eyes, was spotted in a sewage pond in Melbourne.

Sure, its appearance is not quite as lively, inviting, or dazzling as the Mandarin duck discovered in New York City’s Central Park last fall, but playing hard to get seems to work well for the tufted duck, that has already drawn crowds to the swamp to sneak a peek.

In fact, it is no surprises birdwatchers are clustering to the swamp – the tufted duck is native to Europe and Asia and generally only lives in the northern hemisphere. How it ended up Down Under, however, is a mystery.

Melbourne Water, which tweeted out the intriguing discovery, joked that the duck should be named after "Grease’s" Danny Zuko for its devil-may-care demeanor.

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