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Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata

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Fact File


65 - 75 cm


400 - 700 grams

Clutch size

9 - 12 eggs

life span

6 -7 years

The Mandarin duck is renowned for its striking plumage, particularly in males, who boast a vibrant combination of orange, purple, green, and white feathers, making them one of the most visually stunning waterfowl.


These ducks are known for their monogamous mating behaviour and intricate courtship displays, which include unique calls and postures. The Mandarin duck inhabits wooded lakes, marshes, and ponds, often nesting in tree cavities near water.

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Did you know?!

In Chinese culture, Mandarin ducks are symbols of love and marital fidelity, often featured in art and wedding decorations to represent a harmonious marriage.

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