Wild Mallard

Wild Mallard
Wild Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos

The Mallard is one of the most widespread species of wild duck. It lives around the lakes, marshes and rivers of Asia, Europe and North America. It measures about 28 inches in length when full grown.

The Male is again the show-off of the species with an iridescent green head and a rust-colored breast. He usually has white bands and metallic blue on his wings. The female is a mottled brown and blends in well with her surroundings.

The Mallards nest is shallow and lined with down. They build in at the edge of a pond or in open grassland. The female lays between eight and ten eggs. She alone cares for the eggs and the young.

Mallards eat invertebrates and plants on the water's surface. They also eat corn and bread provided by helpful spectators. Wild mallards eat the mosquito larvae that grow at the edges of still water.

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