Mallard Duck

 

What does a Mallard duck look like?

It has two wings, webbed feet, a short neck and a flat bill.  Boy Mallard ducks have green, white and brown feathers.  Girl Mallards are mostly brown.  They are around 22 inches long and weigh about two pounds.

 

Where do Mallards live?

These kinds of ducks live near freshwater.  You will find them around rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes.  They live all over the world including North America, Asia, Europe and parts of Africa.

 

What do Mallard ducks eat?

These ducks eat many things including insects, worms, frogs, snails, tadpoles, slugs, small shellfish, grass and water plants.

 

More facts about the Mallard duck:

- Mallard ducks donŐt have teeth.

- Foxes, skunks, raccoons, hawks and crows are its enemies.

- A baby duck is called a duckling.

- Ducks migrate south for the winter.  They fly back to their summer home when the weather warms up.

- Mallard ducks have two layers of feathers.  The inside layer keeps them warm.  The ducks have to put oil on the outside layer of feathers to make it waterproof.  They get the oil from their body.

- Mallards build nests in the tall grass along the shore so their enemies cannot find them.

-  Mallards dunk their heads under the water to find food.

- A female is called a hen.  A male is called a drake.