February 26, 2010

Mandarin Ducks, National Zoo

Photograph by Michael Schmidt

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Photos

Three Mandarin ducks sit in formation on a handrail at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. It was amazing to experience. The Mandarin duck is a medium-size perching duck, closely related to the North American wood duck. Referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang, they are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.

 

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