A year ago, I happened to be astonished to get my feminine mandarin duck was turning out to be a male. Even while a zoology graduate and somebody who has held wild birds in a aviary I had absolutely no idea this could happen, so I started investigating, and it turns out that the way birds express their sex is a fiendishly complex affair since I was 10 years old.
Mandarin ducks are a tiny types of tree-nesting duck that comes from China.
They are held in captivity in britain for decades after bird keepers became enamoured by the male’s amazing reproduction plumage.
This plumage is a secondary sexual attribute of this men, and it is influenced by enough time of the year, with men moulting away from a female-like dull colouration that is brown the Autumn.
My feminine, being joyfully combined with a mandarin that is male my aviary, bucked this trend by growing male feathers. Continue reading