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 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)




Mallard | Anas platyrhynchos photo
Mallard (Male), Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Piper Spit), Burnaby, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Mallard | Anas platyrhynchos photo
Mallard (Male), Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Mallard | Anas platyrhynchos photo
Mallard (Female), Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Piper Spit), Burnaby, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Mallard | Anas platyrhynchos photo
Mallard (Female), LaFarge Lake, Coquitlam, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MALLARD FACTS

Description
The male Mallard duck is brown gray with green head and narrow white neck ring. The breast chestnut-brown, and underside is light gray. The rump is black, and tail is black with white outer feathers. The bill is yellow or greenish with black tip. The feet are red. In the non-breeding season, the male has less green on the head, brown face and body and wings are mottled brown and white. The female is brown with white and buff streaks, and a dark line through the eye, and dark streak on top of the head. Immatures are similar to females.

Size
50cm - 65 cm

Environment
wetlands, lakes, marshes, streams

Food
insects, aquatic invertebrates, seeds, aquatic vegetation, grain.

Breeding
The Mallard nest is a depression in the ground lined with vegetation and down. Lays one to thirteen cream to greenish eggs which hatch after 23 - 30 days.

Range
Found from Alaska across much of Canada to Nova Scotia (absent from northern Quebec, Newfoundland and Nunavut Territory). Found throughout most of the United States into Mexico. Also found in Greenland, Europe, Asia.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anas
Species:platyrhynchos
Common Name:Mallard


Relatives in same Genus
  Northern Pintail (A. acuta)
  American Wigeon (A. americana)
  Northern Shoveler (A. clypeata)
  Green-winged Teal (A. crecca)
  Cinnamon Teal (A. cyanoptera)
  Blue-winged Teal (A. discors)
  Eurasian Wigeon (A. penelope)
  Gadwall (A. strepera)