Central Park’s rare new celebrity owl rivals famous Mandarin duck

Central Park’s rare new celebrity owl rivals famous Mandarin duck


Central Park’s newest superstar is a total hoot.

A rare Barred Owl has been drawing flocks of bird watchers to the greenspace — drawing comparisons to the famous Mandarin Duck of 2018.

The owl, whose flat-round face conveys a look of solemn judgement, has been spotted perched in trees next to the park’s Loch near 103rd Street since early last month, according to Manhattan birders.

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Though the feathered phenom is nocturnal, it has been happy to pose and preen in broad daylight as eager fans snap photos. Bird buffs say it’s the best thing to soar into the urban jungle since the Hot Duck, which mysteriously disappeared two years ago.

“The BARRED OWL of the Central Park Loch has many devoted and respectful admirers,” the bird watching group Manhattan Bird Alert tweeted, along with a photo of a crowd gathered around the owl.

The account, run by local birding czar David Barrett, also posted a close-up video of the

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