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About the Mallard

Also known as: Wild Duck

Probably the best known of all ducks, the Mallard is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Mallards are strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south.

The Mallard inhabits most wetlands, including parks, small ponds and rivers, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing. It usually nests on a river bank, but not always near water. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Anas platyrhynchos
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. platyrhynchos
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
22 to 26 inches
32 to 39 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Kachna Divoká (Czech)
  • Gråand (Danish)
  • Wilde Eend (Dutch)
  • Sinisorsa (Finnish)
  • Canard Colvert / Canard Mallard (French)
  • Stockente (German)
  • Germano Reale (Italian)
  • マガモ (Magamo) (Japanese)
  • 청둥오리 (Cheongdungori) (Korean)
  • Stokkand (Norwegian)
  • Krzyżówka (Polish)
  • Кряква (Russian)
  • Ánade Real / Azulón (Spanish)
  • Gräsand (Swedish)

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