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The Mallard is a dabbling duck with a long body and long broad bill. The male has a dark green head and a yellow bill with purple brown on its breast and grey on the body.They breed all over the uk mainly in wetland habitats. They eat seeds, acorns, berries, plants, insects and shellfish
They are between 51 and 62cm in length
They have a wingspan of 81 to 98cm
They weigh in at between 750 and 1500g
Everyone recognises the Mallard.
It is around all year.
They are kept waterproof by oil from the preen glands.
“Water off a ducks back” is an expression we often use.
The young are capable of finding their own food as soon as they leave the nest. They are led to water as soon as they have hatched. They lay between 9 to 13 eggs with 18 being the most recorded by the same female.
The female looks after the young and you will often see her being followed by the cute yellow ducklings!