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Mandarin Duck Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Aix galericulata
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The Mandarin duck can be found in eastern Russia, China and Japan.

  • Status


  • Habitat

    The species lives in forest habitats with accessible ponds and streams.

  • Niche

    The Mandarin duck feeds primarily on seeds, grains and wetland plants. The species will also add snails, insects and small fish to its diet.

  • Life History

    Males and female pairs often remain together for several breeding seasons. The female builds her nest in a tree hole. This nesting spot can reach up to 30 feet above the ground. Soon after hatching, the 9-12 Mandarin ducklings that make up a typical brood leap to the ground in response to the calls of their mother. The chicks land unhurt, afterwards proceeding to the water to feed.

  • Special Adaptations

    Like all ducks, the Mandarin duck's feet are thin and flat, making it easier for them to paddle through the water.


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