Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Identification: Male mallards are more easily able to identify sine they usually have a distinctively green head. The Mallard is a fairly large duck and smaller than a goose. Mallards are dabbling ducks, meaning they feed in the water by tipping forward. They don’t dive but dabble.

 

Habitat: One can easily find Mallards in a wetland habitat. Since College Woods is by a stream it is not surprise that people can find Mallards all in College Woods.

 

Overview: Mallards like to nest on the ground, the female likes to lie in the grass. A female mallard will have about 1-13 in a clutch and have about 1-2 broods.

 

Time of year: April, May

 

Fun fact: The Mallard is the ancestor to nearly all domestic duck breeds. EXCEPT the Muscovy Duck

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mallard

https://www.thespruce.com/mallard-identification-tips-385984 

https://bellavistapoa.com/2019/02/22/species-profile-anas-platyrhynchos-mallard-wild-duck-greenhead-suzie/