The extraordinary sex life of the common mallard
Way more than you ever wanted to know about our most common duck
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 06:00 am
Medium-sized duck with chestnut chest, yellow bill, green head and white collar. Females are mottled brown with orange bill. Both have a big blue patch on wings bordered with white.
Floating on ponds with their rear ends in the air, orange feet kicking as they feed on the bottom.
Occasionally confused with:
Northern shovelers, pintails and gadwalls. Look for the blue patch on the wings, which is unique to mallards.
Mallards will re-nest up to seven times a season if their nests are destroyed.