Mallard

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

ClassAves
OrderAnseriformes
FamilyAnatidae
Size40-50cm
Weight0.8-1kg
Incubation28 days
Eggs10-12
Life-spanup to 25 years in zoos
Diet
omnivorous (insects, worms, grains, plants)

Habitat
wetlands

Range
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 evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo