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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Mandarin Duck.

A Mandarin Duck has been photographed here. The mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) is a perching duck species found in East Asia. 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 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.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Bhuvaneshwar, India
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Prithu Bhattacharyya