A male Mandarin duck observed with a female floating down oak creek in Sedona.
It appeared to be a completely wild bird, and was wary of close approach.
This fellow appeared on Atascadero Creek after a windstorm. He was there foe about 8 weeks.
female Mandarin duck with Mallards
Mandarin Duck, Mandarinente, Aix galericulata.
An Asian exotic, escaped in the LA area. You can see he's got a purple legband. Cute as well as gorgeous, very quick & aggressive in the feeding frenzies -- acing out & chasing off birds 2X his size for his share of the bread.
Pair of feral birds
The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.