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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck: (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.

 Mandarin Duck
 Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck
 Mandarin Duck
 Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck
 Mandarin Duck
 Mandarin Duck
 Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck


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