17” tall, 16” wingspan
20 yrs. – captive, 3 yrs. – wild
Acorns, Grains, Insects, Snails, Fish, Grasshoppers, Frogs
Snakes, Birds, Mammals
China, Russia, Siberia & Japan
Woodlands, mountain areas with streams, marshland & forests
The Mandarin Duck symbolizes wedded bliss and fidelity in Chinese lore. An ancient Chinese proverb describes loving couples as “Two swimming Mandarin Ducks.” In reality, these ducks may find a different partner during each mating season. The biggest threats to these animals come from hunters, poachers and loggers.
Females lay a clutch of 8-10 eggs. These chicks hatch after a 30 day incubation in a tree hollow, above the ground. Newly hatched chicks must follow their mother as she jumps from the tree hollow nest to the ground below. The females also protect their chicks by pretending to be injured to attract predators to her and away from her offspring.
Hunters, poachers and loggers destroying habitat.
ANIMAL FUN FACT!
Although Mandarin Ducks are extensively hunted for their colorful feathers, they are not hunted for food because they do not taste good.