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
Ducks, like all birds, are not colorblind. Birds not only are not colorblind, but a large portion of them can see ultraviolet light. The only exception to seeing UV light are the nocturnal birds like owls.Full Answer >
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 >
Ducks sleep in covered areas, such as marshes and woods, on land or water. This not only provides them with a place to roost, but it protects them from predators.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 >