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Mandarin duck

Mandarin duck

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Scientific Name:

Aix sponsa


W, C, E North America, Cuba, Mexico, Bahamas.


Omnivore. Acorns, nuts, seeds, aquatic plants, insects and other invertebrates.


Habitat:  Wetlands surrounded by forest, coasts.

Incubation: 28-36 days / 9-15 eggs

Social structure: pairs, 200-1000 in autumn and winter

Weight: 862gr max

Dimensions: 43-54cm

Lifespan: 15

Estimated population in the wild: unknown, increasing

Threats: There are no major threats to this species

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1.  It is one of only a few ducks with strong claws that allow it to perch in trees.
  2. Their scientific name translates as ‘waterbird in bridal dress’, referring to the male’s showy breeding plumage.

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