Duck - Mallard


Habitat

The humble Mallard duck is common anywhere near waterways, lakes and swamps. They will often pair-up in urban areas particularly around duck shooting season.


Identification

The colouration is very different between males and females however the body shape is unmistakeable. Males have the green heads and light grey/brown bodies whereas the females have light brown heads and mottled brown bodies.


Links

Wikipedia, NZBirds.com


Summary

Introduced to NZ from Europe specifically as a food source Mallard Ducks have populated most areas in NZ. Unfortunately they've also negatively impacted other native duck species both through interbreeding and overpopulation. Contrary to their ungainly walking and landing efforts Mallard Ducks are amazing fliers once in the air and have been known to travel huge distances.


Duck
Out with the younguns




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