October, 2018

October 28, 2018
Mandarin Duck and Wood Ducks

The Mandarin Duck, native of China and Japan, is closely related to the Wood Duck. The males of both species have some similarities with some very striking differences, while the females of both species look very similar with slight differences if viewed carefully.

The Mandarin Duck and the Wood Duck both nest in holes in trees. They have tiny claws on their feet which help them to grip branches. Their ducklings are heavily covered in fluffy down and are very lightweight which helps when they jump from the nest holes to the ground, often bouncing before coming to a stop to gather together with the hen and follow her to water.

Click below to see video of the Mandarin Duck, Mallards and Wood Ducks.

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