This image is of a male Mandarin Duck, a perching duck species found natively in East Asia. However, birds that have escaped from collections, are now considered "free-flying" birds living in Great Britain, Ireland, North Carolina and Southern California. These birds have been reproducing in the wild and thriving. This Mandarin Duck was photographed at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia, California.
Mandarin Ducks are referred to by the Chinese as Yuan-yang (simplified Chinese: 鸳鸯; traditional Chinese: 鴛鴦; pinyin: yuān yāng), where yuan (鴛) and yang (鴦) respectively stand for male and female Mandarin Ducks. In traditional Chinese culture, Mandarin Ducks are believed to be lifelong couples, unlike other species of ducks. Hence they are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity, and are frequently featured in Chinese art.