Man­darin duck, it seems to me, is the most beau­ti­ful duck on earth. They were nick­named tan­ger­ines for their bright plumage — in Chi­na, noble beau­ti­ful­ly dressed nobles were called tan­ger­ines.mandarin duck

Man­darin duck is a small duck weigh­ing from 0.4 to 0.7 kilo­grams. The breed­ing attire of the male man­darin duck is clear­ly dis­tin­guished from oth­er ducks by the very col­or­ful col­or of the plumage. In fact, this duck has an extreme­ly unusu­al look. The drakes look espe­cial­ly impres­sive. Through­out almost the entire year — from Sep­tem­ber to July, these ducks wear a wed­ding dress. On the head and neck, long feath­ers form a large crest and pecu­liar “whiskers”, so the male’s head looks quite large from the side. And the last feath­er of the wing is crowned with a wide orange fan, which, with fold­ed wings, ris­es up. Two such feath­ers are fold­ed on the back into a char­ac­ter­is­tic “sad­dle”. Green, pur­ple, orange-red, white and brown are inter­twined in col­or. The beak of the man­darin is red, and the legs are orange. Females look more ele­gant than drakes, but they lack bright col­ors in their plumage: the back is olive-brown, the head is ash-gray, and the abdomen is almost white. There is only a small crest on the head.

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From the fam­i­ly of duck tan­ger­ines, it is not only the bright appear­ance that dis­tin­guish­es. They have a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent voice: not quack­ing like oth­ers, but rather squeak­ing or whistling soft­ly

The only one of all ducks, they live in trees, and their hol­lows can be locat­ed at a height of over 6 meters. On the one hand, this seems very incon­ve­nient for the chicks, who, like all duck­lings, are try­ing to learn to swim as soon as they are born. How­ev­er, the chicks jump from great heights and still remain unharmed. At their moth­er’s com­mand, they dive out of the hol­low and land, using their imma­ture wings and webbed feet to stop their fall.

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Gardens of the Future and Super Trees in Singapore

Frogs, as well as acorns, are a favorite del­i­ca­cy of tan­ger­ines. Of course, the diet also con­tains a lot of “dish­es” from plant seeds, fish, sala­man­ders, etc., but the first two are key. To eat acorns, tan­ger­ines sit on oaks, and also pick them up on the slopes of hills or in the water. The flight of this duck is very fast and maneu­ver­able: from the ground and from the water they rise equal­ly freely and almost ver­ti­cal­ly.

At the present time, the nest­ing of the man­darin duck in Rus­sia is con­cen­trat­ed in the Amur and Sakhalin regions, in the Khabarovsk and Pri­morsky ter­ri­to­ries, as a rule, in the Amur Riv­er basin. The north­ern­most nest­ing point on the east­ern slopes of the Sikhote-Alin is the Botchi Riv­er. In the south­ern part, the dis­tri­b­u­tion area cov­ers the entire Pri­morye, except for areas where there are no forests. On Sakhalin, the duck lives in the south­ern and cen­tral regions. Out­side of Rus­sia, it is also found in Japan, Chi­na, Tai­wan and Korea, and some indi­vid­u­als were even found in east­ern Mon­go­lia. In the north­ern ter­ri­to­ries, man­darin ducks lead a migra­to­ry lifestyle, in the south of the range they are seden­tary. For the win­ter, they move to Tai­wan, south­ern Chi­na, as well as the Japan­ese islands.

The total pop­u­la­tion of the man­darin duck around the world bare­ly exceeds 25 thou­sand pairs, of which there are no more than 15 thou­sand pairs in Rus­sia. They are list­ed in the Red Book of Rus­sia, hunt­ing for these water­fowl is pro­hib­it­ed by the law of the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion. In order to save the tan­ger­ine as a species, all you need to do is move the start date for the autumn bird hunt­ing in Pri­morye to the end of Sep­tem­ber, when most of the tan­ger­ines are already sent to warmer climes

See also
Salinas Grandes - the salt fields of Argentina