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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:31 pm 
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I have 2 pairs of Mandarin ducks.
Both males changed the colours and looked pretty much like the females for around 2 months.
The younger male got his real breeding colour back around 1 month ago, but the older one still looks the same (like a female).
I'm new to Mandarins ducks and don't really know about their moulting season.
Thanks, Goran


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:15 am 
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Just a week after I posted this, he started his moult.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:29 pm 
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He should get his male plumage back soon then, but i really know nothing about them.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:11 pm 
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A Google search came up with the following....

Mandarins have an eclipse moult, usually commencing mid-Summer. They can still be recognised from the females as their bills will remain red.

Reference to birds that go into an eclipse moult (where they take on more drab colours as they are not in the mating season) say that different species can do so for anywhere from 1 to 3 months. I can't readily find a reference to how long Mandarin drakes stay in their eclipse feathering (ie. whether it's closer to 1 or to 3 months).

During their eclipse moult, they cannot fly.

As it nears breeding season they will moult again & regain their full breeding colours.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:13 pm 
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Yeah, he is dropping off his old T-shirt and replacing it for the colourful jacket.
Hahaha. He is ok


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:20 pm 
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I didn't know that duck are moulting so often.
Very interesting information.
They are fantastic looking birds, only a bit messy, like all waterfowl, I guess.
Thanks, for the reply


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