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Mallard
(Anas platyrhynchos)

    
        
Male and Female Mallard
Mallard Pair
 Photo © Don DesJardin
 
Mallard Information

Length: 20 - 28"

Habitat:
Breeding habitat:
Edges of lakes, rivers, ponds, streams; marshes, wooded swamps, sloughs, flooded fields, reservoirs. Requires habitat with shallow water for feeding.

Winter habitat
: Lakes and rivers with some
open water; sometimes, coastal marshes and bays.

Diet: Seeds of grasses and sedges; seeds, roots, and stems of other aquatic vegetation; acorns, waste grains, crustaceans, mollusks, small fish, frogs, tadpoles, insects.
 
 
Mallard ID TipsIdentification tips for the Mallard
 
       Photo: Male and Female Mallard with Ducklings
 
Range Maps:
(Click map to enlarge.)
 
Mallard Breeding Map Mallard Winter Map      USGS
     
Breeding Map        Winter Map (CBC)     
 
Additional photos and information:

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Photo of this bird, description, distribution, reproduction, ecology, behavior, and vocalization. (From Aquatic Environments)
 
Mallard Drake Launching Into Flight
Mallard Drake
Credit: Erwin and Peggy Bauer/USFWS



 
     
   

 

 


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