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Mandarinand – Aix galericulata
Mandarin duck – Aix galericulata
is a perching duck species native to the East Palearctic. It is medium-sized, at 41–49 cm (16–19 in) long with a 65–75 cm (26–30 in) wingspan. It is closely related to the North American wood duck, the only other member of the genus Aix. ‘Aix’ is an Ancient Greek word which was used by Aristotle to refer to an unknown diving bird, and ‘galericulata’ is the Latin for a wig, derived from galerum, a cap or bonnet. Outside of its native range, the mandarin duck has a large, introduced population in the British Isles and Western Europe, with additional smaller introductions in North America.