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Conservation status: Introduced

The male has the most elaborate and ornate plumage with distinctive long orange feathers on the side of the face, orange 'sails' on the back, and pale orange flanks. The female is dull by comparison with a grey head and white stripe behind the eye, brown back and mottled flanks. They were introduced to the UK from China and have become established following escapes from captivity.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Aix galericulata

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

Main population is in south, central and eastern England, but small numbers occur in Wales, Northern England and Scotland. Likes lakes with plenty of overhanging trees and bushes.

When to see them

All year round

What they eat

Insects, vegetation and seeds.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-2,300 pairs7,000 birds-

Distribution

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