Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Life-spanup to 25 years in zoos
omnivorous (insects, worms, grains, plants)
mainly the Northern Hemisphere (Europe, China, North Africa, North America)
Mallards moult twice a year: in early spring for the breeding season, and in late summer. At these times, they lose their feathers and are unable to fly. The male, whose coat becomes duller during moulting, gets his colours back for mating. The female, whose coat is less conspicuous, incubates the eggs alone.
Wild mallards’ life expectancy is very low due to hunting. Humans are their greatest predator.
Mallards are the most common ‘dabbling ducks’ – ducks that don’t plunge deep below the surface of the water like ‘diving ducks’ do.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW