Mallard ducks feed on fish, amphibians, crustaceans, gastropods, worms, aquatic and land plants, grains, seeds, roots, tubers, and invertebrates, such as dragonflies, beetles and flies. They tend to feed on the surface of the water or on the land, rather than diving into the water for food. Mallard ducks follow an omnivorous diet, meaning they eat plant and animal matter.Know More
The food that mallard ducks eat depends on a variety of factors, such as food competition, their current stage in the breeding cycle, their location and nutrient availability in their habitat. During breeding season, male mallards have been documented eating 37.6 percent animal matter and 62.4 percent plant material. Laying females ate 71.9 percent animal matter and 28.1 percent plant material. Females that were not laying eggs ate 37 percent animal matter and 63 percent animal material.
During cold months and migration periods, mallard ducks eat significantly more plants than meat. Mallard ducks are known to graze for plant matter. They are very social animals, except for when they're in a breeding cycle. They congregate in large flocks, which are known as sords. Although mallard ducks are known for their monogamous behavior, male mallards do seek out other females besides their mates.Learn more about Birds
Mallard ducks are preyed upon by snapping turtles, raccoons, red foxes, black rat snakes, crows, largemouth bass, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, ring-billed gulls and Norway rats. Mallard ducks are also threatened by human hunters.Full Answer >
Mallard ducks do not mate for life and only pair up during the mating season. After the female mallard has laid her eggs, the male leaves the nesting area in preparation for moulting season.Full Answer >
Some cranes eat tubers, roots, small crustaceans and insects. Other cranes eat grasses, grains, berries and acorns. Yet other types of cranes eat snakes, other reptiles and even other birds. What a crane prefers to eat depends largely on its habitat and its anatomy.Full Answer >
Animals that eat slugs include ground beetles, ants, firefly larvae, marsh flies, toads, newts, salamanders, snakes, hedgehogs, shrews, moles, nematodes, raccoons, chickens, ducks and songbirds, such as the song thrush. Nematodes are microscopic worms that target and kill juvenile slugs.Full Answer >