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Duck, Mandarin (Aix galericulata)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK

Duck, Mandarin (Aix galericulata)

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Can be seen as part of a collection or as an escapee in some parks and large ponds in the UK.

In the wild these ducks can be found in eastern Siberia, China, and Japan where they live in the forests. They prefer wooded ponds and fast flowing rocky streams to swim, wade, and feed in. Their diet consists of water plants, rice and other grains. Like the equally colourful Wood duck these birds have been bred in captivity and added to many collections around the UK. They can also be seen as escapees in some parks and ponds.
Destruction of habitat has had a severe impact on the oriental populations of Mandarins. The current Asian population may be under 20,000 birds. One factor that has helped the Mandarin to survive is their bad taste. These ducks are not hunted for food. In fact The Mandarin is held in high esteem by the Japanese and the Chinese. In these countries, they serve as a symbol of happiness and marital fidelity.

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