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.Know More
Mating mallards are typically monogamous; however, it is not uncommon for males to pursue females outside their pairing. Male mallards become very aggressive during mating season, usually because they have not found a female partner. Groups of male mallards often chase solitary females and force copulation; however, eggs laid by the female are often larger when she has mated with her chosen mate.
Mallard ducks are the forerunners of most domesticated ducks found in North America.Learn more about Waterfowl
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 >
All adult ducks can fly with the exception of three species of streamer ducks in South America. Similar to their geese relatives, most ducks are migratory birds, flying from one mild climate to another in spring and autumn.Full Answer >
Ducks have developed numerous adaptations, such as their feathers, camouflage, bills and flight skills. Many different types of ducks and waterfowl can exist in the same habitat because their feeding habits vary from one type of bird to the next. The diversity in the duck population is wide, and each species of duck has different features, no matter how similar they look.Full Answer >
Geese generally have longer necks than ducks and eat grasses and grains rather than fish and insects. Geese also tend to migrate farther than ducks and feed on land, rather than in water.Full Answer >