Mandarin ducks in Britain are the descendants of captive-bred ducks which escaped or were deliberately released. Mandarins are one of the few duck species which are not hunted for food - apparently they taste really bad!
Scientific name: Aix galericulata
First footage of mandarin duck chicks leaving their perilous treetop nests.
Other species of duck have been filmed fledging from nests set high above the ground, but to record the amazing dive of the young mandarin was a first. The crew remained in hides throughout the shoot in Siberia, as the birds were extremely nervous.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Mandarin duck distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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