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Bird name:

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

MA

BTO 5

MALLA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Mallard is resident throughout the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

SUMMARY

Overview

Mallard: Medium-sized dabbling duck with grey body and chestnut-brown breast. The head is green and neck ring is white. Bill is yellow-green. Wing speculum is white-bordered metallic purple-blue. The tail is dark with distinct white edges and two curled black feathers. Legs and feet are orange.


Range and Habitat

Mallard: Widespread resident in the UK and Ireland. Many birds from northern Europe and Iceland come to Britain and Ireland for the winter. Preferred habitats include ponds, lakes, marshes, small river bends, bays, and ditches. Flocks may be seen on the sea and large lakes in the winter.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kwek, kwek, kwek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mallard is the ancestor of all domestic duck breeds, except the Muscovy Duck.
  • They are the most abundant and widespread of all waterfowl; every year millions are harvested by hunters with little effect on their numbers. The greatest threat to mallards is loss of habitat, but they readily adapt to human disturbances.
  • They frequently breed with domestic ducks, producing a large variety of patterns and colours. They also hybridise with wild species such as the closely related American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, and Northern Pintail.
  • A group of mallards has many collective nouns, including a "battling", "daggle", "doppling", "lute", and "sword" of mallards.

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Michael Oberhofer

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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