The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) is a small bird of a family of forest ducks, this animal is a species of perched duck native to East Asia. It is medium in size, 41 to 49 centimeters (16 to 19 inches) long with a wingspan of 65 to 75 centimeters (26 to 30 inches). It is closely related to the North American wood duck, the only other member of the genus Aix.
The Chinese refer to Mandarin ducks as Yuan-yang, they are often prominent in oriental art and are regarded as symbols of affection and marital fidelity. Since, after mating, they remain in a couple for the rest of their lives.
A Chinese proverb for couples uses the Mandarin duck as a metaphor: "Two Mandarin ducks playing in the water". The reason for this metaphor is that, unlike other species of ducks, the male Mandarin ...