Mallard Photo Gallery
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.
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.