MANDARIN DUCK

Not originally a native species this relative of the North American Wood Duck, usually found in the far eastern Asia, was introduced in the late 1980's.  There are now 3,000 pairs breeding in the UK and the place I always see them is at Adel Dam in North West Leeds.  The adult male is probably the most colourful bird in the UK, with a red bill, large white crescent over the eyes, with a reddish face and whiskers.  The breast is purple and has two white bars with orange sails near the tail.  The female is completely different and much duller compared to the male.  It has a white eye ring and stripe going back across the head and is a greyish colour with white and very dark green near its tail.

Length: 41-49cm (16-19½in)

Wingspan: 65-75cm (26-30in)

Weight: n/a

Average Life: n/a

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