Mandarin duck got its name for the plumage of males. The drakes of these birds rightfully deserve the title of handsome men of the whole duck genus, because their mating outfit shines with all the colors of the rainbow — from orange to purple. Sometimes mother nature gives a joke in the form of a bleached male.And who is more beautiful, an albino or a standard individual?Mandarin ducks are the only ducks that can sit on trees. The birds gained a unique ability thanks to their tenacious clawed legs. The duck feeds on mollusks, caviar and fish. The bird also dilutes its diet with cereals, algae and acorns.Frog legs, a kind, are also a delicacy. The historical homeland of this duck is the Far East. But nowadays, birds are bred even in the USA and Ireland. In China, in the homeland of these ducks, there are almost no birds left, and now there are about 65 thousand tangerine ducks in the world, about a quarter live in Russia. The species quickly replenishes its numbers.Nothing unusual, just ordinary ducks.Often, several applicants immediately follow one female. But the lady will choose only one unique one, since the tangerine duck is a monogamous bird. In China, a tangerine duck is considered a symbol of fidelity. Some newlyweds at the wedding are still presented with live ducks with wishes of love and fidelity.Family idyll and understanding. Having decided on a partner for the rest of his life, a feathered couple acquires a nest in the hollow. A month later, from 7 to 14 chicks appear there. Despite the care of both parents, the chicks are quite independent from birth.Chicks are able to jump from great heights. With their wings, they soften the fall, planning to the ground. The name mandarin duck in no way refers to the famous citrus. Long ago, tangerines in China were called officials and rich people who dressed up in new-fashioned catchy clothes, showing commoners their greatness.It is not surprising that with such clothes, the bright color of the drake caused the Chinese to associate with weary politicians. Mandarin ducks are listed in the Red Book. Now they are protected by the whole world. Mandarin duck perfectly takes root in domestic ponds as a decorative duck.