The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.

The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and “whiskers”. The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange “sails” at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.2

Unlike other species of ducks, most Mandarin drakes reunite with the hens they mated with along with their offsprings after the eggs have hatched and even share scout duties in watching the ducklings closely. However, even with both parents securing the ducklings, most of them do not survive to adulthood.

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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
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  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot of this beautifully colourful bird Malcolm!

  • Morning Shaun thank you very much indeed,

    – mrcoradour

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    And what a beauty~ outstanding capture and colors my sweetcakes!! XO

  • AHHH Cheesecake, his beauty fades away after looking at you.


    – mrcoradour

  • SUBI
    SUBIover 3 years ago

    certainly is Malcolm, wonderful photo very well done :)

  • Thank you very much indeed for your kind visit,

    – mrcoradour

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    You photograph some of the most beautiful birds every my friend! This is so cheery and beautiful! Love it! Hugs!

  • Hello Dear Pamela,
    Thank you so much for your kind comment, he was just there, take care,

    – mrcoradour

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 3 years ago

    What a beauty!lovely shot Malcolm!

  • Thank you very much indeed , much appreciated.

    – mrcoradour

  • BebeBond
    BebeBondover 3 years ago

    Gosh Malcolm great photo. Gorgeous bird.
    Unbelievable colours.
    Bebe X

  • Hello Dear BB thank you so much,

    – mrcoradour

  • mltrue
    mltrueover 3 years ago

    a beautiful Mandarin and outstanding photo!

  • Many thanks for your very kind visit,
    much appreciated

    – mrcoradour

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous picture, Malcolm!

  • Hello David,
    Many thanks for stopping by.

    – mrcoradour

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 3 years ago

    What a beauty indeed Malcolm! I have never seen one before. Your read was terrific. Thank you! :>)) Leslie

  • I’m so pleased you like it Leslie, there are a few around here,

    Much appreciate your comment.

    – mrcoradour

  • martinG36
    martinG36over 3 years ago

    great profile picture of this bird… great number of colours.. beautiful

  • Hello Martin
    Great to talk this Morning, thank you

    – mrcoradour

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