Habitat Needs of Mallards

(A Farm and Ranch Guide to Developing and Maintaining Wildlife Habitat on the Northern Great Plains) – Section 3 Introduction and General Information: Prairie Pothole Region (blue) Mallards are the most familiar, abundant, and widely distributed dabbling duck in North America. They are also the most prized and sought-after species pursued by duck hunters and … Read more

Bread is off the menu – so what should we feed the ducks now?

It’s not just a canard. The Canal and River Trust’s campaign to stop people feeding ducks bread is working – with the organisation reporting a reduction of about 80,000 loaves being chucked in the water in the past 12 months. This is good because bread leads to overpopulation, spreads disease if it’s left uneaten, attract … Read more

Magnificent Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks are possibly the most familiar duck species in existence. If you have spent any amount of time outside, you’ve probably seen one or more of them. Male Mallard Ducks are the most readily identifiable ducks in existence, with their gray flanks, black tail-curls, and glistening green heads. They also have bright yellow bills. … Read more


Mallard Mallard Temporal range: Female (left) and male (right) Female call Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Anas Species: A. platyrhynchos Binomial name Anas platyrhynchos Linnaeus, 1758 Subspecies A. p. platyrhynchos Linnaeus, 1758 Range of A. platyrhynchos Breeding Resident Passage Non-breeding Vagrant (seasonality uncertain) Possibly extant and introduced … Read more