The Blonde Mandarin is a deviation of the White
Mandarin, where the buff colored markings are more
pronounced and defining than the white. And the hen is
believed to be some what lighter colored than the
The Blonde Mandarin in it's own rights is
considered by most as one of the most ornamental of the
world's ducks, the Blonde Mandarin Duck is a very popular
aviary bird and commonly seen in many collections.
They are closely related to the North American Wood
Duck and both species are the only members of the
genus. Despite the close relationship, there have been
only a few reports of hybridization, but none have
ever been documented or proven.
Apricot Mandarins are NOT Hybrids, they are in fact
a Mutation which occurs naturally in the wild. The
reason it is not seen often is that these lighter
colored birds are often preyed upon because of their
light color which makes them stand out.
The drake is one of world's most beautiful ducks
and quite unlike any other species. The forehead is a
dark buff color trailing all the way down the back of
the neck. The breast is also a blonde buff color with
blonde barring across the breast. The side flanks are
white and the wing feathers are white with dark blonde
feathering, as well as the tail feathers. The under
belly is a pure white. The hen is a pale blonde similar
the to the Apricot Mandarin and
has a smaller crest and eye ring.