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Mallard Ducks

Scientific name:  Anas Platyrhynchos
Class:  Birds
Continent:  All
Habitat:  Humid and lakes
Diet:  Omnivorous
Weight:  1 - 1.2 kg
Size:  50 - 68 cm

The male only displays the green colour on his head during the mating season.

In France, most breeds of domestic duck come from the Mallard which is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and which was introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has been domesticated since the 13th century in Western Europe for its flesh and feathers.

The female is entirely brown while the male has a greenish neck and head, brown chest and gray body. Males and females have a few blue-violet feathers on the wings, forming the “mirror”. They are monogamous ducks that live in groups and nest on the ground. The duck lays between 5 and 15 eggs which she incubates for 28 days. They eat aquatic plants as well as small animals and can live 5 to 8 years.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The Mallard is the origin of most domestic duck breeds. The male only displays its lovely green head and neck during the mating season.