Distribution and Habitat
Mandarin Ducks are found in eastern Russia, China and Japan.
Mandarin Ducks live in forests habitats with accessible ponds and streams.
The adult male Mandarin Duck is a striking and unmistakable bird. He has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and a reddish face and whiskers. His breast is purple with two vertical white bars, the flanks ruddy, with two orange sails at the back. The female has a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, similar to the female Wood Duck, but is paler below, with a small white flank stripe and a pale tip to her bill. The Mandarin Duck is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the American Wood Duck. It is 41-49 cm long with a 65-76 cm wing span. Their weight range is 1-2 pounds. Like all ducks, their feet are thin and flat, making it easier for them to paddle through the water. They can live 3 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.
Mandarin Ducks are considered one of the most beautiful, decorative ducks in the world.
Mandarin Ducks are a symbol of marital fidelity in Asian art, due to their habit of having monogamous mating pairs.
Mandarin Ducks perch and nest in trees, not common for ducks.