Mandarin Duck

Our Mandarin Duck, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Mandarin Duck (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Mandarin Duck Facts
Mandarin Duck
OrAix galericulata


Life Span

16-20 inches

Average Weight
15-18 oz

Group Name

Group Size

Name of Young

Our Mandarin Duck, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • These colorful ducks are from eastern Asia and can be found in China, parts of Russia, as well as Japan. There are also feral populations in other places resulting from ducks escaping captivity and surviving in the wild.
  • Mandarin ducks are sexually dimorphic meaning males and females have different physical features. The males of this species are more colorful and have a crest of feathers on their heads.
  • Females build their nests in tree holes. Once the eggs hatch, the mother calls them from the ground and the ducklings leap from the nest unharmed. They then proceed to go to nearby water.
  • They are perching ducks; they have a build better suited to walking on land than other ducks and will perch in trees.

Did You Know?

Mandarin ducks are symbolic in traditional Chinese culture. They represent a long lasting relationship and fidelity. This is likely because pairs will often remain together for many breeding seasons.