Mandarin Duck & White Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)

Native to the East Palearctic. Its conservation status is of “Least Concern".

 

They are perching ducks closely related to the American Wood Duck. In winter they prefer marshes, flooded fields, and open rivers.

 

They nest in cavities in trees close to water and during the spring. A single clutch of nine to twelve eggs is laid in April or May and take 30 days to hatch. The habitats it prefers in its breeding range are the dense, shrubby forested edges of rivers and lakes. 

 

Mandarins feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat plants and seeds, especially beech mast. The species will also add snails, insects and small fish to its diet. The diet of mandarin ducks changes seasonally; in the fall and winter, they mostly eat acorns and grains. In the spring, they mostly eat insects, snails, fish and aquatic plants. In the summer, they eat dew worms, small fish, frogs, mollusks, and small snakes. They feed mainly near dawn or dusk, perching in trees or on the ground during the day.

Mandarin Duck & White Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)

PriceFrom $80.00