Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

Mandarin

Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin duck (Aix galericuluata) lives in the forests of China and Japan. In these countries it is considered a symbol of happiness and marital fidelity. There is also a small feral populations in Great Britain and California.

Like most ducks, Mandarin ducks exhibit sexual dimorphism:

  • Males possess a crest of orange and cream feathers, and a broad white eye-stripe that is bounded above and below by darker feathers.
  • The female is gray with a curving, white stripe behind the eye and a series of white blotches underneath.

The Mandarin duck’s diet primarily consists of aquatic vegetation, rice, and grains.

Image of a Mandarin drake by F. Vassen

References

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy website. Available at: http://albc-usa.org/. Accessed on December 7, 2012.
Animal Diversity Web. Available at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Aix_sponsa/. Accessed December 08, 2012.

British Waterfowl Association. Available at: http://www.waterfowl.org.uk/index.html. Accessed on December 8, 2012.

Cosley zoo. White Pekin duck. Available at
http://www.cosleyzoo.org/species/white_pekin_duck.htm. Accessed on December 7, 2012.

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To cite this page: Pollock C. Waterfowl commonly seen in practice. December 19, 2012. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/waterfowl-commonly-seen-in-practice/