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Mandarin Duck

Many-colored Rush Tyrant

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  • Leipoa ocellata
  • Grouse

About the Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin Duck is a very beautiful species of waterfowl that is native to eastern parts of Asia. The male in particular is an extremely colorful bird with an unmistakable plumage.

Mandarin Ducks feed by dabbling. They dine mostly on plant matter and seeds, while taking small animals like snails, insects, and even fish on occasion.

Mandarin Ducks are originally from eastern parts of Asia, where some populations are migratory. This is a species known for its beauty and so it has been exported to different parts of the world in waterfowl collections. Escaped birds have established populations in several places including Great Britain, Berlin, and Sonoma County California.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 December 2015
Scientific Name Aix galericulata
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aix
  • A. galericulata
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 30 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16 to 20 inches
27 to 29 inches
16 to 24 ounces
Range West Europe North Europe East Asia North America United States (West) Asia Europe

International Names

  • 鸳鸯 (Chinese)
  • kachnička mandarínská (Czech)
  • Mandarinand (Danish)
  • Mandarijneend (Dutch)
  • mandariinisorsa (Finnish)
  • Canard mandarin (French)
  • Mandarinente (German)
  • Anatra mandarina (Italian)
  • オシドリ [oshidori] (Japanese)
  • 원앙 (Korean)
  • Mandarinand (Norwegian)
  • mandarynka (Polish)
  • Pato-mandarim (Portuguese)
  • Мандаринка (Russian)
  • Pato Mandarín (Spanish)
  • Mandarinand (Swedish)

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