Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Species: platyrhynchos


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Phoenix, Arizona
, British Columbia
Fort Bragg, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Santa Cruz, California
Bartow, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Oak Brook, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Bishopville, Maryland
Halifax, Massachusetts
Paw Paw, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Michael, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Grenada, Mississippi
Chester, New York
Hamilton, New York
Pittsford, New York
Thomasville, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Columbus, Ohio
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Irrigon, Oregon
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Dec 6, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Male Mallard engage in behaviour unique in the waterfowl world. A few days after females begin incubation, the drakes leave their breeding partners and join up in gangs. If they come upon a female all of them forcibly mate with it. A big group may take so long that the exhausted female drowns. These gang rapes account for up to a fifth of all egg fertilisations, and females caring for broods are seldom attacked. Mallard are the most successful dabbling ducks, evolving in northern hemisphere habitats that were already dominated by agriculture, so they are at ease in farming enviroments. New Zealand flocks have expanded remarkably since the 1930's when acclimiatisation societies introduced American birds for breeding programmes, and liberated their captive-reared progeny - now in the milli... read more


On Dec 24, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

We too have them a-plenty all winter long. We enjoy the mallards here and everyone slows down in the spring at the usual duck crossings. We sometimes have mini traffic jams when it's time to start teaching the chicks about larger bodies of water. Getting to the front of the line and seeing pedestrians trying to "herd" chicks into some semblance of order makes the wait worth while.


On Apr 20, 2010, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very adaptable to human activity, as long as there is access to a pond or lake


On Feb 8, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very common in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota - making up 99% of the duck population there. The remaining duck species is either migrantary, merganser (tend to stay longer than migrantary ducks but not really breeding), wood duck.

During winter time, they loves all open water bodies - when the sun is in a certain brightness you can see them flying in small groups zeroing in on open bodies of water (narrow canals left by old sod farms, spots in creeks where the water motion kept ice from forming, bubblers installed in small to mid size lakes specically to kept them oxygen filled and to keep it open during wintertime to prevent fishkills, opening in rivers, opening near drainage pipes to ponds. You can also see them leaving their open water locations at first crack of dawn.... read more