Mallard

(Anas platyrhynchos)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Mallard

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Abundant migrant and breeder

Habitat

Wetlands, open water

Size

20 to 27in length

35 wingspan

 

 

  Photo by Wayne Rasmussen
 
Identification

The patch of colorful feathers on the wing (speculum) is blue and is bordered with white.

 
Voice

 

 
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Food

 

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

March to November

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)

 

Family:

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Domestic Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)

Greenland Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos conboschas)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos)

 
Synonyms

Anas oustaleti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Speculum

A brightly colored patch of secondary flight feathers on the wings of many ducks.

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
       
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Margot Avey
       
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Gerry Garcia
       
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Norm & Peg Dibble
       

Here’s one of many times we experienced a very large flock of Mallards landing in our yard and the two other adjacent ones too looking for the corn that we usually have out there most of the year.

This was back around 2011 possibly. If we threw out large amounts of whole corn, it was gone in a flash and many of them would not get a bite. Then groups of them would fly away if they did get to eat. So we’d go out and throw more corn around. The ducks would temporarily take off but would circle around and around the area until they felt safe to land again. It was quite a sight and possibly our neighbors were not happy with us. We always wondered if they were from the Shingle Creek area where many spend the winter or if they were flocks that were migrating. We are under the impression that ducks don’t bother migrating from MN really anymore. We are glad that we have been able to keep our Mallard visitors down to only a few pairs now for the past 5 years about. An interesting thing to see in these large flocks of ducks was an occasional all white duck or variations of patterns.

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Duck and Doves, July 2016. So cute!

  Mallard    
       
Lynn Rubey
       

An adult male Mallard in The big Stone Lake in Ortonville, Mn.

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A male Mallard duck in flight over the marsh waters of The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

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Wayne Rasmussen
       
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Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

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Dan W. Andree
       

Spring Arrivals

They eventually all flew off together.

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"Mallard Ducks" adult male and female in flight...

Took the photo early evening April 28, 2018 they were circling near the Sandpiper Prairie SNA in rural Norman Co. Mn.

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Ed Oliveras
       

Male

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Female

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Tom Baker
       
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Leucistic Mallard

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Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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  Mallard Duck - HD Mini-Documentary
James Knott
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2009

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Transcript: "The Mallard is found around the world in North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

This waterfowl prefers calm, shallow water in wetlands, small ponds and rivers. The Mallard is a dabbling duck which means that it feeds while floating on the surface of the water as opposed to diving for its meals. It feed mainly on aquatic vegetation, but will also eat insects.

This duck, along with the Muscovy Duck, are believed to be the ancestors of all domestic ducks.

The male, which is known as a drake, has a distinct green head with a yellowish-orange bill, while the female has a more natural light brown coat and dark brown bill.

Mating pairs will stay together until the female lays eggs. soon after, the male will leave.

Newly hatched ducklings are precocial which means they can swim and feed themselves from the moment they leave the eggs."

   
       
  Baby Mallard Ducks in my Swimming Pool
LimeyInSD
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 19, 2007

In mid June, I came home to find a mother and 8 baby ducklings hanging out in my pool. Estimated to be only a couple of days old, this video is a short documentary from their discovery to their escape/ rescue in the 2 days that they were here

   
       
  Nikon P500 Extreme Zoom Test on Mallard Ducks
Alley Oop
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 14, 2011

Check out the extreme 144x zoom lens of the Nikon P500.

Not a good sunny day so the scene is a little drab and heat from shooting over my truck engine is causing some atmospheric distortions. But boy-o-boy that is some zoom lens :-)

   
       
  Two wild ducks - part 5
kannonim
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2007

Two wild ducks (Anas Platyrhynchos) in the ditch again. Taas sinisorsat ojassa.

   
       
  Mallard Duck (Anas Platyrhynchos)
tomb0171
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2010

Mallard Duck (Anas Platyrhynchos)

* Family: Anatidae,
* Subfamily: Anatinae,
* Genus: Anas,
* Species: A. platyrhynchos,
* Type: Bird,
* Diet: Omnivore,
* Average life span in the wild: 5 to 10 years,
* Size: 20 to 26 in (50 to 65 cm),
* Weight: 2 to 3 lbs (1 to 1.4 kg),
* Group name: Sord (in flight),

** Did you know? Mallards are thought to be the most abundant duck on Earth.

More info: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/mallard-duck/
or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard

   
       

 

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Alfredo Colon
9/28/2019

Location: Maplewood Nature Center in Maplewood, MN

Mallard


Margot Avey
8/20/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Mallard


Margot Avey
8/8/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Mallard


Gerry Garcia
8/4/2019

Location: Lyndale Park, Minneapolis, MN

Mallard


Lynn Rubey
6/22/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

An adult male Mallard in The big Stone Lake in Ortonville, Mn.

Mallard


Lynn Rubey
6/19/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A male Mallard duck in flight over the marsh waters of The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

Mallard


Wayne Rasmussen
5/21/2018

Location: Joy Park

 

Mallard


Wayne Rasmussen
5/20/2018

Location: Maplewood Nature Center

Mallard


Dan W. Andree
5/3/2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn

They eventually all flew off together.

Mallard


Dan W. Andree
4/28/2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

Took the photo early evening... they were circling near the Sandpiper Prairie SNA

Mallard


Norm & Peg Dibble
July 2016

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Duck and Doves, July 2016. So cute!

Mallard


Wayne Rasmussen
7/5/2016

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Mallard


Norm & Peg Dibble
2011

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Here’s one of many times we experienced a very large flock of Mallards landing in our yard and the two other adjacent ones too looking for the corn that we usually have out there most of the year. This was back around 2011 possibly. If we threw out large amounts of whole corn, it was gone in a flash and many of them would not get a bite. Then groups of them would fly away if they did get to eat. So we’d go out and throw more corn around. The ducks would temporarily take off but would circle around and around the area until they felt safe to land again. It was quite a sight and possibly our neighbors were not happy with us. We always wondered if they were from the Shingle Creek area where many spend the winter or if they were flocks that were migrating. We are under the impression that ducks don’t bother migrating from MN really anymore. We are glad that we have been able to keep our Mallard visitors down to only a few pairs now for the past 5 years about. An interesting thing to see in these large flocks of ducks was an occasional all white duck or variations of patterns.

Mallard


Ed Oliveras
2/4/2005

Location: Lake Rebecca Park

Mallard


Wayne Rasmussen
4/23/2003

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

Mallard


     
     
 
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