Sylvan Heights Bird Park now home to more freckled ducks

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SCOTLAND NECK, NC (WITN) - A duck typically found in the Australian wetlands have made their way over to Eastern Carolina.

Kat Lewandowski with Sylvan Heights Bird Park stopped by the WITN studio Thursday morning to introduce us to the park's youngest additions: three-day old freckled ducks.

The ducks are from Australia, which is the only place on earth they are found.

Lewandowski says they get their name because they develop a uniform, freckled pattern of dark gray and light gray when they become adults. You can determine a male from a female because the males have bright, rosy red beaks.

The ducks grow to be about a foot tall, which is the average size of a duck. You can see the adult ducks on display at the bird park, while the babies are still in the breeding center.

In order to continue breeding, taking care of the animals and providing educational programs, Sylvan Heights Bird Park is hosting it's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"The Year of the Crane" fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 6 pm- 11 pm at the bird park in Scotland Neck.

The event will feature food, entertainment and a live auction. All of the money raised supports the park. Tickets can be purchased here.

The bird park is open Tuesday- Sunday from 9 am- 5 pm.