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Mallard

(Anas platyrhynchos)
Alternate name(s): "Wild Duck"
German name(s): "Stockente", "Wilde Ente", "Märzente"

Size: 50-65 cm; wing span 80-100 cm
Weight: 0.7-1.6 kg

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Mallard at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "caesia"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Near-lateral view of a male Mallard in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male Mallard in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male Mallard in breeding plumage
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, June 2010]

Lateral view of a male Mallard in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Mallard in worn breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Near-lateral view of Mallards in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Lateral view of Mallards in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Near-dorsal view of Mallards in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

FEMALE

Portrait of a female Mallard in breeding plumage
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, June 2010]

Female Mallard in breeding plumage resting on a frozen pond (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Mallard in worn plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral view of a female Mallard in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, June 2019]

Lateral view of a female Mallard in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, June 2019]

Dorsal view of a female Mallard banking to land on water (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2016]

PAIR

Pair of Mallards in breeding plumage resting on a frozen pond (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Pair of Mallards in breeding plumage resting on a frozen pond (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Pair of Mallards in breeding plumage resting on a frozen pond (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Mallards in breeding plumage on a frozen pond (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

NON-BREEDING

MALE

Frontal view from above of a male Mallard in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Mallard in non-breeding plumage with what looks like a blind eye (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

Near-lateral view from above of a male Mallard in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male Mallard in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. James's Park, London, England, September 2019]

Sex unknown

Two Mallards in non-breeding plumage
[Holzmaar, Eifel, Rheinland-Pfalz, August 2014]

Mallards in non-breeding plumage preening
[May 2006]

Mallards in non-breeding plumage in a farm yard in the Austrian Alps (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Near Matrei, Osttirol, Austria, July 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Distant view of a female Mallard with 8 ducklings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2015]

Behaviour

Like many other species of ducks, Mallards are sociable animals that can gather in large flocks outside the breeding season (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

Like many other species of ducks, Mallards are sociable animals that can gather in large flocks outside the breeding season (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2016]

In Australia, Mallards can interbreed with Pacific Black Ducks
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, May 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

mallard_dw_20190413.m4a caesia
(Ctl Poland)
Pair (in flight) © MD

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