Length: 20 - 28"
Breeding habitat: Edges of lakes, rivers, ponds, streams; marshes, wooded swamps, sloughs, flooded fields, reservoirs. Requires habitat with shallow water for feeding.
Winter habitat: Lakes and rivers with some
open water; sometimes, coastal marshes and bays.
Diet: Seeds of grasses and sedges; seeds, roots, and stems of other aquatic vegetation; acorns, waste grains, crustaceans, mollusks, small fish, frogs, tadpoles, insects.
Mallard Drake Launching Into Flight
Credit: Erwin and Peggy Bauer/USFWS
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)