Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos (Linnaeus, 1758)

The UK's most recognisable duck species. Male Mallards have a green head with a yellow bill, a brown breast, and a grey body. Females are much more subtle - mostly brown in colour, with an orange bill.

Mallard

Identification

The UK's most recognisable duck species. Male Mallards have a green head with a yellow bill, a brown breast, and a grey body. Females are much more subtle - mostly brown in colour, with an orange bill.

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Mallards are widely distributed throughout the UK

Mallards are very adaptable, and can be found on water bodies large or small

Omnivorous

Mallard are resident breeders on the lake at Wyke Farm, but can be seen on ponds throughout the farm and also in Chedington Wood. The UK population is supplemented in the winter by migrants from Northern Europe.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
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LATIN NAME

Anas platyrhynchos

LENGTH (CM)

51-62

WINGSPAN (CM)

81-98

WEIGHT (G)

750-1500

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

3

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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