Inhabiting serene park lakes and wetlands across regions like South East England, North England, Wales, and Scotland, the resplendent mandarin duck, originating from the Far East, has gracefully made its home in various corners of the UK.
Unlike its distant Asian habitat in China, Japan, Korea, and parts of Russia, where it still thrives, the mandarin duck found its way to the UK through escape or intentional release from captivity.
Often characterized by their shy nature, these captivating ducks prefer the shelter of overhanging willows and tend to gather in small groups. What sets them apart is their distinctive appearance and beautiful plumage.
The male mandarin ducks are adorned with precise features, including vibrant orange plumes on their cheeks, ornate orange ‘sails’ along their backs, and delicately pale orange flanks.
In stark contrast, their female counterparts showcase an entirely different allure, boasting grey heads, brown-toned backs, and striking white eye stripes.
Despite their renowned habitat loss, these splendid ducks have avoided being categorized as an endangered species.
Their captivating presence has become a cherished sight in park lakes and wetlands, where their vibrant colors and unique traits enrich the local biodiversity.
With their gradual integration into new environments, these ducks have found a special place within the natural tapestry of the UK, serving as a testament to nature’s resilience and adaptability.
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