Is there a way to tell the difference b/w Mandarin and Wood ducklings


11 Years
Nov 6, 2008
Southwestern PA
In my wild duck aviary I have Woods and Mandarins. I think that one of the woods was laying eggs in with my mandarin. Is there a way to tell a difference between the two before the feather out?


I have never really owned my own but here are some pics that might help you....

the one on top is a wood duck

the one on the bottom is a mandarin

There does appear to be small difference between the eye stripes...hopefully this helps
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That is the difference that I noticed, but I was not sure if that was just due to differences between individuals or was an indication of species. Thanks for the help and if anyone else can lend any insight it would be greatly appreciated.
The woodies will have an olive green tint to the face the mandarins will have more of a yellow or gold tint. When seen together it will be very noticeable. Sometimes this color difference will run all the way down in the breast.

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