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Mandarin Duck

By tommyld
The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 4149 cm long with a 6575 cm wingspan.
The 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

Tags: Wildlife Wildlife and nature

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just love the colours on this bird great shot.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 4:23PM
A really beautiful photograph depicting this rather gorgeous Manadrin Duck, so expertly captured, crammed packed full of natural colours and fantastic detail.

Regards Nathan
5 Aug 2012 4:43PM
A beautiful image.
fentiger 18 920 24 England
5 Aug 2012 6:21PM
Such beautiful little birds and you captured this one perfectly.

Albert
moiral 9 12 Scotland
5 Aug 2012 7:10PM
I love these ducks, so colourful. Your shot shows him off to perfection Tommy. Moira
Ray42 11 3 England
6 Aug 2012 7:47AM
A very good shot of this very colourful duck - complete with reflection
Tibetan 7 3 England
3 Oct 2012 1:43PM
Wonderful colours and good detail! nice detail in the water too, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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