Mandarin Duck – UPSC Prelims

Key Characteristics of Mandarin Duck:
  • It is provided with a tag of the most beautiful duck in the world.
  • Features: Male mandarins are colorful compared to females.
  • Feed on: These birds feed on seeds, acorns, small fruit, insects, snails, and small fish.
  • Habitat: Its habitats include temperate forests near wetlands including rivers, streams, bogs, marshes, swamps, and freshwater lakes.
  • Distribution: It is native to East Asia but has established populations in Western Europe and America too. It breeds in Russia, Korea, Japan, and the northeastern parts of China.
  • India: The duck does not visit India regularly. It is because India is not on its usual migratory route.
  • IUCN Red List: Least Concern.

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