However, the Mandarin Duck is more endangered than our familiar American duck friend. They are not a species of endangered status, but are being watched. Fortunately, these ducks have a gross taste, so aren't hunted for food by humans. They have a few wild predators, but their endangerment results mostly from habitat loss.
These ducks are very unique as far as behavior. The male courts a female, and the pair tends to stay together from breeding season to breeding season, much like the patterns of the penguin. The Mandarin Duck males even keep watch over the babies. Because of this devotion, the Mandarin Duck is considered a symbol of love, happiness, and marital fidelity in China and Japan. And, of course, we can marvel at the beauty of the duck, especially the male, with its brilliant colors. I think it's more beautiful than our common wood duck. I wish we had wild ones here, but the closest ones are in parts of the UK.
Now you can see why these peculiar ducks are one of my favorite animals, and maybe one of yours too!