Mallard Ducks

Katarina Schweikert

Information of Males and Females

Latin: Anas platyrhynchos
Average length: M 24.7", F 23"
Average weight: M 2.7 lbs., F 2.4 lbs.

The Males have a green head, a black butt, a gray body and a white strip on their neck separating the black and green. They have yellow bills.

The Females are brown with blue, violet and white feathers with red legs and feet. They have a dark brown stripe going through their eye. They have an orange and blue bill.

About Mallard Migration

Mallard ducks are one of the latest fall migrants. Along with that, they have extended migration periods, which lasts from late summer to early winter.

However, Mallards store up fat before beginning migrations.

They go as far north during migration as the weather allows them to go.

During migrations, mallards ten stop for rest where they have visited before.

Their greatest migration is from Manitoba and Saskatchewan through the Midwest United States,to the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Mallard ducks are usually found in oak dominated forested wetlands, shallow marshes, and dry fields. They wander around Central America and the Caribbean.

Map of Migration

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Fun Facts

Order: anseriformes

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Genus: Anas

Family: Anatidae

Mallard ducks are the ancestors to almost all domestic duck breeds except for the Muscovy duck.

The oldest known has lived to at least 27 years and 7 months old.

They nest on the dry ground and close to water.

Canard colvert (French)

Pato de collar (Spanish)

Female ducks have a tendency to breed near the place where they were hatched.

After mating season, males move away from female ducks to join other males for molting, leaving females to care for the offspring.

A group of ducklings is called a brood.

Their feet have no nerves or blood vessels.

Their feet dont get cold in water.

Pictures of Mallard Ducks