Mandarin duck in exhibit

Mandarin Duck

Scientific Name
Aix galericulata
Eastern Russia, China, and Japan
Forest habitats with accessible ponds and streams
Estimated Wild Population
Mandarin duck in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Mandarin ducks are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Males are very colorful—they have a dark purple chest with black and white stripes, brown wings with a bue-green edge, and a long brown and white crown. Their coloration helps them attract less-colorful females, which have brownish-black plumage with white markings around their eyes and throat. Both males and females have thin, flat feet, which allows them to paddle through water.

Did You Know?

Mandarin ducks have been referenced as a symbol of loyalty in ancient Chinese and Japanese philosophy.

Pairs often remain together for several breeding seasons and build nests in tree holes up to 30 feet above the ground.

Soon after hatching, ducklings leap from their high nesting holes in response to their mother’s call.

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