Mandarin Duck - Flock Tender Certificate

"The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 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.Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang (simplified Chinese鸳鸯traditional Chinese鴛鴦pinyinyuān yāng)" - From Wikipedia

"This beautiful little Asian duck is fairly easy to keep in captivity. A cavity nester like its relative the Wood Duck, it prefers to nest off the ground in a hole in a tree or similar situation. An average clutch is 8 eggs and the incubation period is 29 days. In breeding plumage the male is unmistakeable for any other species, with the conspicuous orange "sails" on his back. Excellent fliers, these birds must either be pinioned or kept in covered aviaries." - from feathersite.com

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