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Mandarin Ducks

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Aix galericulata

Size:  Approx 40cm

Distribution:  Can be found throughout the UK, but most frequently in England

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Ponds, lakes and rivers with wooded banks

Food:  Mostly vegetation.  They are also fond of acorns and chestnuts

Special features:  The Mandarin duck is actually a native of eastern Asia, where they have become quite rare.  The majority of Mandarin Ducks seen in the UK today are descendents of birds which escaped from private collections in the 1920's.

Male Mandarin Ducks are unmistakable, with their vertical chestnut coloured wing feathers, head crest, and flamboyant bright orange collar.

Female Mandarin Ducks looks almost plain by comparison with mostly grey and brown plumage.  They have distinctive white markings around their eyes like a pair of spectacles.

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