Mallard Anas platyrhynchos


A globally-distributed, common, and familiar duck, Mallard is extremely adaptable and can be found in freshwater, brackish and saltwater habitats. Mallard is a generalist, foraging on aquatic plants, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, and even occasionally feeding on amphibians and small fish. Its omnivorous diet and adaptability to different habitats are two of the main reasons for its abundance. Despite extensive hunting pressure throughout its range, the Mallard remains extremely abundant; recent global population estimates have numbered this species at over 25 million individuals.

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Female decrescendo calls

© Arthur A. Allen

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

(2018). Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.