drake in breeding plumage (California, USA; 2006-02-05)

Mandarin Duck
Aix galericulata

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: an Old-World relative of North America's Wood Duck, and perhaps even fancier than its cousin with respect to drake's breeding plumage; a common bird in zoos and private collections, with introduced specimens sometimes escaping to establish feral populations.

small bill, extravagantly fancy plumage (California, USA; 2006-02-05)

orange "sails" extend vertically from flank (California, USA; 2006-02-05)

drake in eclipse or non-breeding plumage (California, USA; 2007-04-28)

hen; white around eye, spotted breast (Luxembourg; 2007-10-24)

hen swimming (Poland; 2012-06-02)

drake swimming left (Poland; 2012-06-02)

drake swimming right (Poland; 2012-06-02)

pair swimming (Poland; 2012-06-02)