Mandarin duck standing on a waterside log

Mandarin duck

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

Rank: Species

Common names:

Mandarin

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Mandarin duck taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Mandarin duck can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

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.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Anseriformes
  6. Ducks, geese and swans
  7. Aix
  8. Mandarin duck

Sounds

BBC News about Mandarin duck

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