Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
Aix galericulata


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

China, Japan, and eastern Russia


Habitat

Forests near water


Diet

Seeds, grains, wetland plants, insects, snails, and small fish

Weight

15 - 18 oz.

Size

16 - 20 in.

Clutch

9 - 12 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • It is a sexually dimorphic species, meaning males and females differ in appearance.
  • They occasionally dive as well as swim.
  • They are considered "perching" ducks because their legs are set farther forward on their bodies than most other ducks.
  • In Chinese and Japanese cultures, mandarin ducks are regarded as symbols of love, happiness, and marital fidelity because they are believed to be monogamous.

 

Conservation

Formerly abundant, numbers of mandarin ducks in their native Far East have declined due to habitat destruction and over-hunting. The majority of the Asian population now resides in Japan.

Least Concern

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