Mandarin Ducks

Aix galericulata

A Mandarin drake swimming
Photo courtesy of John Weingart

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.

Mandarin Links:

Squaw Creek's Mandarin Duck page -- birds for sale here

The Gazette's page on raising the Wood Duck and Mandarin Duck

Giffs Farm

Spruce Creek Waterfowl Farm

Show-Me Silkies & Stuff has Mandarins

Mandarins at Roman's Acres

Mandarins at Texas Peafowl Farm

You can find 'em at Uberchic Ranch!

Blue Creek Aviaries

A pair of Mandarins
Photo courtesy of Alex Levitskiy & Blue Creek Aviaries

A Mandarin drake
Photo courtesy of Squaw Creek Farm

A pair of Mandarin Ducks
Photo courtesy of Pete Akers

Frontal shot of a Mandarin drake
Photo courtesy of Jeff Gifford

Head shot of a drake
Photo © Nicole Reggia

Mandarin pair swimming
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

My young pair of Mandarins

A pair of White Mandarins
Photo courtesy of Danny Bulach

How to tell a Mandarin drake from a Wood Duck drake: that's the Woody on the right

And how to tell the females apart (which is harder); the Mandarins are on the left -- in Mandarins the eye is on the line, in Woodies the eye is in the line
Large photos courtesy of Maurice Houston Field; inset photo of Mandarin head courtesy of Pete Akers; inset photo of Woodies courtesy of

Another pair of Mandarins (with a Woody in the background)

A Mandarin pair on the water
Photo courtesy of Danny Bulach

A nervous young Mandarin drake

A drake with his crest displaying
Photos courtesy of Pete Akers

Apricot Mandarin drakes
Photos courtesy of Michel Verbeke

An Apricot hen
Photo courtesy of Michel Verbeke

Mandarin hens
Photo © Nicole Reggia

Mandarin drakes
Photo courtesy of Danny Bulach

White Mandarins
Photo courtesy of Ian Gereg

Two young males of the White form of the Mandarin (don't ask me why they call it White!)

A White Mandarin female

A couple more Mandarin drakes
Photos © Nicole Reggia

Another pair of White Mandarins
Photos courtesy of Ian Gereg

Another Mandarin drake
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Mandarins on my pond
Photo courtesy of Ginger Carson

Here's a nest box good for both Woodies and Mandarins. Hang it on a tree or post a few feet above the ground. If the birds are pinioned, you need a ramp for them to get to it.
Photo courtesy of Cody Everett

Mandarin ducklings
Photo © Nicole Reggia

A clutch of Mandarin ducklings
Photo courtesy of Pete Akers

Another clutch of Mandarin ducklings
Photo courtesy of Brice Wonders

Up close and personal with Mandarin ducklings
Photos © Nicole Reggia



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