Scientific name: Aix galericulata
Other common names: Mandarin; Mandys
The Mandarin Duck is a bantam, or miniature duck that is native to eastern Asia. They can be found living in the wetlands, near lakes and ponds, forests and even in urban areas. As a medium-sized perching duck, they can fly and perch in trees with ease. Mandarins are highly ornamental animals, that can be found in aviaries around the world.
Variety: Mandarin Eclipse, White
Uses: Ornamental, Wild Duck
Personality: Wild and alert, generally unsocial amongst other ducks
Suitable housing: Aviary
Capable of flight: Yes
Weight: 1.5 - 2 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Poor, only 9 - 12 per year
Egg color: Ivory, Spotted Brown
Meat production: Unpleasant tasting
What else you should know:
Mandarin ducks display eclipse plumage. This means that after the breeding season, the males molt to have female coloration. The drakes still sport their red beaks, which is the easiest way to tell them apart.
These are perching ducks, meaning they fly and perch in trees. So, if you decide to raise them, set up their aviary accordingly. The breeding pair makes their nest inside tree cavities, or wood duck houses made by man. The diet of the Mandarin varies with the time of year and includes plants, seeds, bugs, fish and acorns.
Mandarin ducks are well known for pairing off and mating for life. They rarely gather in a flock, and are otherwise considered rather anti-social ducks. Unfortunately, Mandarin ducks have many predators and rarely survive long enough to stay with their partners for more than a year.
beautiful birds, Majestic Mandarins
flighty, wild tendencies
tropicalexotic appearance, high protein feed, daily interaction, small size
The Majestic Mandarins
These beautiful ducks caught my eye at the St.Louis Zoo when I was a child. I have a pair of these majestic ducks and could spend an entire day observing them. They are very hardy despite their tropical/exotic appearance and small size. A few things I would like to point out to someone considering getting Mandarins. They are flighty and must be caged. I keep mine in an aviary a friend and I built. You must allow them a pond and be prepared to keep it clean. If you desire ducklings you must make sure nest boxes are properly built and provisions be made for the safety of these small ducklings. I learned that with daily interaction and offering feed from the hand made the ducklings more calm and friendly towards people.
I feed mine a high protein feed, whole grain, and greens.
*Note* I did begin with a trio of Mandarins. The white hen flew away while I had the door open to feed and never returned.
From alldjs Feb 6 2011 10:02PM
Mandarins are a Work of Art
Mandarin Ducks are beautiful birds. As you can see from the attached photo, the males are simply splendid to look upon. These birds carry this plumage through breeding season and then shed into a duller plumage pattern for the winter. Even this plumage is beautiful in my opinion.
Mandarins are fairly easy keepers, though they must be kept in a relatively warm place in the winter, these are not barnyard ducks.
Mandarins are fairly rare so before you get them, you should make sure that you are willing to be a steward of the breed.
I have enjoyed raising Mandarins. While they have wild tendencies, if handled from ducklings they can be quite loving pets. The males are usually a little more aggressive than the females but with proper care and handling, there should be no issues with children etc.
Mandarins get along with other livestock. They do well in mixed flocks of birds, though as I stated before, they usually require more extensive housing in the winter than the other birds will.
Overall, I would highly recommend Mandarins to someone who is looking to have beautiful birds and is willing to give them the proper care. If you are interested in showing ducks, I encourage you to acquire Mandarins even more!.
From Ivagrovegirl Mar 2 2014 10:00AM