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Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck

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Scientific Name:

Aix galericulata


China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Taiwan.


Omnivore. Seeds, acorns and other nuts, grain, aquatic plants, land snails, frogs, tadpoles, insects, fish.


Habitat:  Lakes, rivers, marshes and swamps surrounded by dense deciduous forest.

Incubation: 28-33 days / 7-14 eggs

Social structure: Pairs (breeding period) or flocks

Weight: male 693g max, female 608g max

Dimensions: 41-51cm  wingspan: 68-74cm


Lifespan:  11

Estimated population in the wild: 65,000-66,000


Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. This species is not hunted for food because they taste bad, which has consequently helped them survive.
  2. The Mandarin is held in high esteem by the Japanese and the Chinese and serves as a symbol of happiness and marital fidelity.

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