Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

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  • Mallard |  Photo: TrailMob
  • Mallard |  Photo: TrailMob
  • Mallard |  Photo: TrailMob
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Basic Information

Order

Anseriformes

Family

Anatidae

Size

Mallards are 19.5 to 25.75 inches long.

Lifespan

up to 26 years

Weight

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) facts, habitat, range, duck pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the waterfowl.

Diet

Mallards are omnivores that feed primarily on aquatic insects but will also eat plant life.

Behavior

Dabbler

Range

Nationwide

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

5–11 Eggs

Egg Description

Light Olive Green

Condition at Hatching

Active, eyes open, down covered

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

32.25–37.5 in

Observation Tips

Go to your local park that has a pond.

What does the Mallard look like?

Mallards are large dabbling ducks. Males are unmistakable with their glossy green heads. They have flat yellow bills, white neck rings, white tails, dark brown chests, black hind ends, gray sides and white under wings. Females are a streaked tannish brown, have a dark blue patch on their wings and a dull orange and black bill.

Mallard Habitat

Lakes-Ponds

Mallard Facts

Mallards are the most abundant duck in North America. They are extremely strong fliers and during migration Mallards can fly up to 55 miles per hour. The familiar "quack," actually comes from the female Mallard only. Males have a quieter and raspier call. Mallards are also the most popular duck for hunters. Pairs are mostly monogamous, however males are known to try and mate with other females on occasion. Mallards molt their flight feathers after each breeding season. During this time they are cannot fly and are very shy and secretive. This adaptation helps avoid becoming a predator's meal. Their most common predators are foxes and birds of prey.

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