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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Anas platyrhynchos
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. platyrhynchos
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 to 26 inches
32 to 39 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Kachna Divoká
Danish (Dansk) Gråand
Dutch (Nederlands) Wilde Eend
Finnish (Suomi) Sinisorsa
French (Français) Canard Colvert / Canard Mallard
German (Deutsch) Stockente
Italian (Italiano) Germano Reale
Japanese (日本語) マガモ (Magamo)
Korean (한국어) 청둥오리 (Cheongdungori)
Norwegian (Norsk) Stokkand
Polish (Polski) Krzyżówka
Russian (русский язык) Кряква
Spanish (Español) Ánade Real / Azulón
Swedish (Svenska) Gräsand
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