Background

Males of the Mandarin Duck possess a beautiful colouration across the body, displaying greens, reds and oranges. The females however are alot less colourful and generally is brown with a grey head. Mandarin Ducks originated from the far east of Asia, however they were introduced to Britain in captivity. Some individuals did however escape, and bred. This has resulted in populations being established in Southern Britain.

Habitat

The preferred habitat of this species is any protected lake environment. This primarily means areas with shrubs, trees and bushes.

Diet

The Mandarin Duck is omnivorous, feeding primarily on plant matter. They are also opportunists and will feed on small invertebrates such as snails and worms. In addition they have been known to eat small fishes.

Predators & Threats

Like most duck species, the Mandarin Duck has a number of predators. Snakes, eagle owls, otters and pole cats are all voracious predators of this species.

Facts

  • Exporting this species from China was banned in 1975.
  • The first British population was thought to have originated in Surrey in the 1930’s.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
Size
40-50 cm.
Lifespan
 5-8 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Mandarin Duck