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Bird name:

Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

MN

BTO 5

MANDU

Euring 5

01780
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Mandarin mostly occurs in England. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it is an introduced species.

SUMMARY

Overview

Mandarin Duck: Small, fancy duck. Dark green and red-brown crown, buff and white face, orange-brown on cheeks and throat, and pink-orange bill with white tip. Purple-black back and breast with two white lines. Tawny sides with fine black barring and orange-brown feathers that stand up on lower back.


Range and Habitat

Mandarin Duck: Introduced breeder in Britain. Most commonly seen in southeast and central England, small populations can be found in Wales and Scotland. Scarce in Ireland. Visible year round, birds can be found on marshes, and at lakes and ponds with thickly wooded edges.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"whik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Mandarin Ducks are frequently featured in Oriental art. They are seen as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.
  • In the 20th century a feral population of about 1,000 pairs was established in Great Britain. They are not protected in the UK since the species is not native.
  • Most drakes reunite with the hens they mated with and their their offspring after the eggs have hatched.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "daggle", "flock", "paddling", and a "wadddling" of ducks.

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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