Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata

Class: Aves Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae

Size

Length: 16-20 in   Weight: 1 lb

Lifespan

6-7 years

Diet

Aquatic plants, seeds, grains, small fish, and invertebrates

Habitat & Range

Forests, near ponds and rocky streams

Mandarin ducks are native to Eastern Asia, and they may be found in China, parts of Russia, as well as Japan. Feral populations can also be found in Europe due to the release of captive bred ducks.

Interesting Facts

  • Mandarin ducks are sexually dimorphic meaning males and females have different physical features. The males of this species are much more colorful then the females and have a crest of feathers on their heads.
  • Mandarin ducks are symbolic in traditional Chinese culture. They represent a long lasting relationship and fidelity. This is likely because pairs will often remain together for many breeding seasons.
  • Females build their nests in tree hollows. Once the eggs hatch, the mother calls them from the ground and the ducklings leap from the nest unharmed. Nests may be as high as 30 feet off the ground. The ducks then proceed to go to nearby water. The ducklings are able to fly after about 40-45 days.

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Threats

These ducks have a stable population, however they are threatened by habitat loss.