Duck: The Most Common Waterfowl

h2 Basic Description

The Mallard Duck is a common and well-known waterbird species that belongs to the family Anatidae. These birds have a broad body with a long neck and distinctive dark green head, which contrasts against their bright yellow bill. Their eyes are large and round, while their wings are grey-brown in colour.

h2 Where To Find This Bird

Mallards are incredibly adaptable and can be found throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. They prefer freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, ponds or wetlands but they can also be seen in saltwater lagoons or estuaries.

h2 Habitat

Like most ducks of its kind, the Mallard prefers to nest close to bodies of water where it feeds on insects and other small aquatic animals such as snails or crustaceans. During the breeding season (spring) female mallards build nests out of plant materials hidden among tall grasses near ponds or streams.

h2 Food

Mallards feed primarily on plant material like seeds from various plants including sedges, grasses and grains like corn harvests provided by humans during winter when food is scarce for them.

They will also feed on insects if available especially during breeding season when protein helps with egg production but they prefer vegetation over meat-based diets overall so plants remain their primary diet year-round even if some animal sources become available at different times depending upon what’s accessible locally due to weather patterns etc..

h2 Cool Facts

One interesting feature about mallard ducks is that they often mate for life; this means that once two individuals pair up together during mating season’s courtship rituals – they’ll typically stay together through each subsequent nesting season meaning lifelong monogamous relationships!

Also notable about these widespread waterbirds? Male mallards differ strikingly from females: males sport iridescent green heads and necks, while females are more subtly colored in brown and tan feathers.