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MANDARIN DUCK

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)-The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations,The adult male is a striking and unmistakable duck. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe.

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Taken on September 27, 2013