Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck is an Italian fashion brand, male Mandarin ducks are considered to be the most beautifully colored of all waterfowl. The male in particular is sought after for its colorful plumage. 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. The Mandarin ducklings are almost identical in look to Wood ducklings, and appear very similar to Mallard ducklings. The ducklings can be distinguished from Mallard ducklings because the eye-stripe of Mandarin ducklings (and Wood ducklings) stops at the eye, while in Mallard ducklings it reaches all the way to the bill. Mandarin Ducks are also called Beijing Ducks or Love Birds. They are the famous symbols of lovers. Mandarin Ducks can create the kind of energy for lovers to become married couple.this has long been considered among the most beautiful birds.Mandarin ducks symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity in traditional Chinese culture.

Few other birds don such a dramatic and colorful costume for breeding as the male Mandarin Duck! This duck has a glossy greenish-black forehead that turns to purple as it slopes to a crest at the back of the head. The sides of the head are white with chestnut in front of the eyes. The sides of the neck and the cheeks have longer brown feathers. The upper breast is maroon, and the lower breast and belly are white. The sides and flanks are brown with black streaks and wing sails, which are bright orange feathers.
The female mandarin duck is grayer and has a smaller crest and eye ring as compared to the male.
Mandarin Ducks are a medium sized bird that fly easily and should be pinioned or kept in a covered aviary if to be kept captivated. Mandarins are easy to care for, eating nuts, acorns, and seeds during the fall months and feeding on insects and grubs during the spring and summer seasons. They do not typically associate with other ducks, but do enjoy the company of their own breed during the winter months.
Mandarin ducks are most active foraging around dawn and dusk. You can often see them sleeping in a shaded area during the day.
Mandarin ducks are one of the "perching" ducks. Their legs are set farther forward on their bodies than most other ducks so that they are able to walk around on land more easily and are often found perching in trees.
In captivity, Mandarin ducks easily live 6 to 7 years of age and can live over 10.

Scientific Name  : Aix galericulata
Common Name  : Mandarin duck
Kingdom            : Animalia
Phylum              : Chordata
Class                 : Aves
Family               : Anatidae
Rank                 : Species
Genus Species  : Aix (water bird) galericulata (small capped head)

Physical Appearance:
Size                    : 41-49 cm long
Wingspan            : 65-75 cm
Wight                  : 428 to 693 gm
Fledging Duration : 6-8 Weeks
Breeding Age       : Approximately 1 year
Sexual Maturity    : Fertility is higher in a two-year-old hen.

Egg Facts:
Eggs per season : 9 to 12
Egg Color           : Spotted Brown to Ivory
Incubation           : 28 to 30 Days

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