Mallards

Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard drakes on Greenwood Lake in New York
Photo courtesy of Lou Gonzales-McLean

The wild Mallard is the ancestor of all of our domestic ducks with the exception of the Muscovy.

If you find a Mallard's nest on your property and don't see the mother on the eggs, don't necessarily worry. Ducks lay an egg every day or two until they have a full clutch (usually 8 to 15); only then will the mother start to sit on them. It takes the eggs 28 days to hatch from when she starts sitting all the time. When they hatch, she will soon lead them to a nearby body of water. The father takes no part in caring for the eggs or young.


Mallard Links:

Stephens Poultry Unlimited has a page on Mallards

Nest structures for Mallards

Mallard Ducks from Jan's Ornamental Waterfowl

Mallard ducks as pets

The Story of Robert: The Central Park Duck


A wild Mallard drake
Photo courtesy of Beth Upton

A wild Mallard hen
Photo courtesy of Beth Upton

Mallard hen with 2 ducklings
Photo courtesy of Justin Kalvoda

Young Mallard females
Photo courtesy of Cody Everett

Another Mallard drake
Photo courtesy of Julie Hendricks

A Mallard hen on a new brood
Photo courtesy of Jim Kavanagh

A pair of Snowy Mallards, one of the domestic varieties
Photo courtesy of Josh Hoffman

White Mallards, another domestic variety
Photos courtesy of Stephanie Kuhn

A White Mallard hen
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Snowy Apricot and Apricot Mallard ducks and a Blue Khaki drake from Sweden
Photos courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

A Reserve Champion Mallard hen
Photo courtesy of Cody Everett

One-week-old wild Mallards, including a natural sport
Photo courtesy of Scott Wong

Two pictures of the above brood at 8 weeks
Photos courtesy of Scott Wong

The head of a Mallard drake
Photo courtesy of Baudewyn Meersseman

A Snowy Mallard drake going somewhere
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Mallards -- incoming!
Photo courtesy of Tommy Green


Hybrids

A Ruddy Shelduck X Mallard hybrid
Photo courtesy of Dirk Fussbahn


Mallard ducklings
Photo courtesy of Patricia A. Sheley

More Mallard ducklings
Photo courtesy of Robin Dickmann

Three-day-old Mallards
Photo courtesy of Justin Williams

A four-day-old Mallard duckling
Photo courtesy of Scott Wong


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