MALLARD
(Anas platyrhynchos)
Magellan Goose                  Mandarin


Swan Lake Zone - Slimbridge
The Malllard can be found in the Swan Lake Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)

Mallards are one of the most abundant ducks in the World and is the ancestor of the farmyard/domestic duck.

It can be found in most areas of Slimbridge.

Northern Hemisphere
Breeding Habitat - Northern Hemisphere
The Northern Hemisphere excluding Arctic regions of Canada, Alaska, Greenland or Northern Siberia. They also breed in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Mallards migrate South almost as far as the Tropic of Cancer and almost to Northern Sudan in Africa.

Conservation Status


Size
550mm to 620mm (22" to 24")

Appearance - Drake
A metallic Green head and neck with a Purple-Brown breast which is seperated by a White ring.
Its back is a light Grey with the underbelly being a lighter Grey.
The tail is White with curling Black feathers.
Its wings are Brownish-Grey with Purple-Blue between Black and White bars on each side.
The bill is a Greenish Yellow and the feet are Orange.

Appearance - Duck
The female plumage is not unlike other ducks being a mottled Brown.
They have a pale eyebrow with a dark stripe across the eye.
The wings also have Purple-Blue between Black and White bars on each side.
The bill is Olive-Brown with Yellow-Orange towards the edges. The feet are Orange.

Habitat
Wetlands, Parks, Rivers, and Ponds. Widespread in northern hemisphere and also found in Australasia.

Diet
Mainly Aquatic Vegetation, also occasional Aquatic Insects and Tadpoles etc.

Breeding Time
April to June

Nest
Mallards often conceal their nest in undergrowth made from grasses and leaves. The nest is lined with down and is built by the female.

Mallard eggs and nest (Wikipedia)

Eggs
Quantity: 10 to 12.
Average size: 66mm x 48mm.
Colour: Geenish-White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl M - R
Maccoa Duck (Oxyura Maccoa)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas Semipalmata)
Magellan Goose (Chloephaga Picta)
Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos)
Mandarin (Aix Galericulata)
Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta Angustirostris)
Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina Moschata)
Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor)
Northern Pintail (Anas Acuta)
Northern Shoveler (Anas Clypeata)
Pacific Black Duck (Anas Superciliosa)
Patagonian Crested Duck (Lophonetta Specularioides Specularioides)
Philippine Duck (Anas Luzonica)
Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Eytoni)
Pochard (Aythya Ferina)
Puna Teal (Anas Puna)
Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna Radjah)
Red-billed Teal (Anas Erythrorhyncha)
Red-breasted Goose (Branta Ruficollis)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta Rufina)
Redhead (Aythya Americana)
Red Shoveler (Anas Platalea)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya Collaris)
Ringed Teal (Callonetta Leucophrys)
Ross's Goose (Anser Rossii or Chen Rossii)
Rosybill (Vetta Peposaca)
Rouen Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Jamaicensis)
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna Ferruginea)
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MALLARD
Magellan Goose                  Mandarin
©Nigel Key Mallards (Slimbridge 09/04/11)

The Mallard or Wild Duck is a dabbling duck which belongs to the Anatidae family.

Mallards frequently interbreed with other members of the Anas genus such as the American Black Duck and also more distantly related species such as the Northern Pintail.

The name Mallard was derived from the french word malart which means 'Wild Drake'.
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Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Male Mallard (Slimbridge July 2013) Female Mallard (Slimbridge September 2013) Female Mallard (Slimbridge September 2013)
26/07/13
04/09/13
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Male Mallard (Slimbridge July 2013) Male Mallard (Slimbridge July 2013) Male Mallard (Slimbridge July 2013)
06/07/13
26/07/13
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Male Mallard (Slimbridge May 2013) Male Mallard (Slimbridge May 2013) Female Mallard (Slimbridge July 2013)
25/05/13
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06/07/13
Male Mallard (Slimbridge April 2013) Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2013) Male Mallard (Slimbridge April 2013)
06/04/13
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Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2012) Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2012) Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2012)
Male 24/03/12
Male 24/03/12
Male 24/03/12
Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2012) Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2012) Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2012)
Male 24/03/12
Male 24/03/12
Male 24/03/12
Male Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011) Male Mallard (Slimbridge June 2011) Male Mallard (Slimbridge October 2011)
Male 09/04/11
Male 04/06/11
Male 01/10/11
Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011) Male Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011) Male Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011)
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male 09/04/11
Male 09/04/11
Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011) Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011) Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011)
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge March 2011) Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011) Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge April 2011)
Male/Female 25/03/11
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male/Female 09/04/11
Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2011) Male Mallard (Slimbridge March 2011) Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge March 2011)
Male 25/03/11
Male 25/03/11
Male/Female 25/03/11
Female Mallard (Slimbridge August 2010) Male Mallard (Slimbridge September 2010) Male Mallard (Slimbridge September 2010)
Female 22/08/10
Male 09/09/10
Male 09/09/10
Male Mallard (Slimbridge June 2010) Female Mallard (Slimbridge June 2010) Male Mallard (Slimbridge August 2010)
Male 04/06-/10
Female 04/06/10
Male 22/08/10
Male Mallards (Slimbridge March 2009) Male Mallard (Slimbridge June 2009) Male Mallard (Slimbridge June 2009)
Males 24/03/09
Male 03/06/09
Male 03/06/09
Female Mallard (Slimbridge March 2009) Female Mallard (Slimbridge March 2009) Male & Female Mallard (Slimbridge March 2009)
Female 24/03/09
Female 24/03/09
Male/Female 24/03/09





Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
American Black Duck - www.slim-bridge.co.uk