Mandarin Duck

Scientific name: Aix galericulata

Did you know: Mandarin Ducks, originating from East Asia, have an impressive ability to nest high in trees – a unique habit among ducks!

What Do Mandarin Ducks Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Mandarin Ducks are medium-sized and known for their remarkable plumage. Males are particularly striking with their bright colours and ornate feathers, while females are more subdued in colouration.

Differences Between Male And Female Mandarin Ducks

Male Mandarin Ducks exhibit a splendid array of colours, with purple, white, and orange feathers and distinctive orange “sails” on their back. Females are more camouflaged, featuring a mottled brown appearance with subtle white eye-stripes and a pale tip on their bill.

What Do Mandarin Ducks Eat?

These ducks are omnivores, feeding on a diet that includes seeds, acorns, insects, snails, and small fish. Their feeding habits change with the seasons, adapting to available food sources.

Where Do Mandarin Ducks Live? (Including Migration Info)

Originally from East Asia, Mandarin Ducks have established populations in the UK and Western Europe. They prefer wooded areas near water sources and are known to migrate within their Asian range.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Mandarin Ducks)

Mandarin Ducks are relatively quiet, but males can make a soft, whistling sound during courtship. Females emit sharper calls, especially when alerting or communicating with their ducklings.

Fun Mandarin Duck Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Mandarin Ducklings bravely leap from their high tree nests shortly after hatching.
  • Males undergo a dramatic transformation in eclipse plumage, resembling females.
  • These ducks are symbols of love and fidelity in Asian culture.
  • They can perch in trees, thanks to their clawed feet.
  • Mandarin Ducks are excellent swimmers and agile fliers.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Mandarin Duck

Diet: Insects, vegetation and seeds.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 41-49 cm
Wingspan: 68-74cm
Weight: 430-690g
Scientific Name: Aix galericulata

The Mandarin Duck Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December