Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

MALL

Code 6

ANAPLA

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mallard has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, and introduced to Australia and New Zealand, this bird prefers wetland ecosystems, though it can live in ponds and other artificial aquatic environments. The global population of this bird is estimated at 29,000,000 to 30,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mallard is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Mallard: This medium-sized duck has a gray body, chestnut-brown breast, green head, white neck ring, yellow bill, wing speculum is white-bordered metallic purple-blue, white edged dark tail, two curled black feathers, and orange legs and feet. Feeds on insects and crustaceans. Females are mottled brown with orange-brown bills and no curled tail feathers. Swift direct flight with strong wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Mallard: Breeds from Alaska and Labrador south to southern California, northern Mexico, Arkansas, and along the East Coast to northern Florida. Spends winters throughout the U.S. and south to Central America and the West Indies. Preferred habitats include ponds, lakes, marshes, small river bends, bays, ditches, and city ponds.

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Mallard SONGS AND CALLS

Mallard L1

Display sounds from 1 female and 3 males.

Mallard L2

Low-pitched "rab" calls, whistles, and grunts from displaying males.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Kwek-kwek-kwek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic duck breeds, except the Muscovy Duck.
  • They frequently breed with domestic ducks, producing a large variety of patterns and colors. They also hybridize with wild species such as the closely related American Black Duck and even occasionally with Northern Pintails
  • Mallards are the most abundant and widespread of all waterfowl; every year millions are harvested by hunters with little effect on their numbers. The greatest threat to mallards is loss of habitat, but they readily adapt to human disturbances.
  • A group of mallards has many collective nouns, including a "battling", "daggle", "doppling", "lute", and "sword" of mallards.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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