Mandarin - Mature
The Mandarin drake is one of the most beautiful birds in the world. The drake is very striking with a dramatic colour contrasts on the head, a crest of long feathers on a nape, small orange “wing sails” on the back, a red bill, and yellow legs. The female is inconspicuous, having grayish brown upper parts, marbled light under parts and a white line running from the eye to the nape, her bill is grey. The Mandarin is a native of the Far East, principally China, Japan and Siberia, where it is becoming increasingly rare. It was first introduced to England about 1745. Since it is winter hardy and has modest nutritional demands, it is an ideal duck for the garden ponds there aswell as for aviaries. If kept on waters in well-wooded parks, mandarin ducks dont need to have their flying powers restrained. If you want to keep the ducks from migrating in the winter, they have to have open water and sufficient food. During the breeding season in the spring, the drakes perform impressive communal courtship displays. This species likes to feed on tender plant material and can jump 3 feet straight up in the air in order to reach tempting greenery, they also do well on a mix of layers or breeders pellets and mixed corn. All of our mandarin ducks are Pinioned while young to stop them from flying off, so they dont have to be keeped in a aviary and can be keeped out on the garden pond.
Adult pairs in full colour prior to stock availablity (hatched 2017)available Now at £65 per pair.
Key: 1 = low, 5 = high
- Class: Duck
- Purpose: Exhibition/Ornamental