Mandarin Duck

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 December 2015
Scientific Name
Aix galericulata
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aix
  • A. galericulata
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
16 to 20 inches
27 to 29 inches
16 to 24 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 鸳鸯
Czech (Cesky) kachnička mandarínská
Danish (Dansk) Mandarinand
Dutch (Nederlands) Mandarijneend
Finnish (Suomi) mandariinisorsa
French (Français) Canard mandarin
German (Deutsch) Mandarinente
Italian (Italiano) Anatra mandarina
Japanese (日本語) オシドリ [oshidori]
Korean (한국어) 원앙
Norwegian (Norsk) Mandarinand
Polish (Polski) mandarynka
Portuguese (Português) Pato-mandarim
Russian (русский язык) Мандаринка
Spanish (Español) Pato Mandarín
Swedish (Svenska) Mandarinand
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