Mandarin duck

One of the most colourful duck species is undoubtedly the mandarin duck. The Asian breed has been kept as an ornamental water bird for hundreds of years. In the meantime, wild mandarin ducks are already present in Western Europe.

The drake or male can be recognised by its dark red beak, long drooping crest, chestnut brown sideburns and two gold-coloured sails on the wing. The females and young are brown-grey with light spots on the chest and flanks. They have a striking white spot behind the eye and a white chin.

Features

Wild mandarin ducks often live in trees
Body length between 41 and 49 cm
Weight: about 600 g
Nutrition in the wild: nuts, seeds, insects, snails, etc.

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