A new Monday heralds a new week, which necessitates the sharing of a new “discovery”. If the mention of Italy made you think that this is about the Colosseum, then I’m sorry but you would be “disappointed”. But, bear with me. I am hopeful that you won’t be disappointed..
Turin / Torino, a beautiful and possibly underrated city in the Piedmont Region of Italy. A magnificent place where natural beauty nestles the perfect amalgamation of Classical Italy and the Modern Italy.
“What peculiar bluish ducks!” is what I thought when I saw these beautiful birds strolling leisurely in the Gardens of Piazza Carlo Felice. Took the pictures from a distance and didn’t disturb them.
Once again, I found these birds unique and beautiful, but I knew zilch about them, other than the fact that they are closely related to ducks.
Google Image Search, discussions with friends and further “data mining” yielded a few things which blew my mind.
These ducks are quite rare. It’s very difficult to find blue headed ducks.
The species shown here are Mallards (Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos). As is common with most mallards, these two also have a bluish tinge in their inner feathers.
What differentiates them to the extreme extent is their peculiar yet regally beautiful blue heads.
Difficult it is to spot them, harder still it is to get any reliable information about them.
The blue colour of their heads may be attributed to the fact that these males have low testosterone levels. I don’t know how true this information is, but that’s all I got despite the extensive search.
Do you know what these birds are or why they are so blue in colour? Let me know in the comments below so that the same can be corrected.
The picture was taken in June 2019 CE
Nokia 6.1 Mobile Phone Camera
Hope you liked these birds and are intrigued by them.
The real purpose of traveling should not be to merely click pictures of some of the biggies like Colosseum or Eiffel Tower.
There is immense beauty in the unknown. There is beauty even right under our nose, as exemplified by these rare yet stunningly beautiful blue headed mallards, which were quite unexpected, yet a very much welcome sight in Turin.
Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.