Mallard Duck

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Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos

The basics:
Mallard Ducks are a bantam duck, or miniature breed that is native to the northern Hemisphere. They are very common waterfowl, and despite habitat losses, they continue to thrive in city parks and ponds. All domestic ducks, except Muscovies are considered to have descended from the wild Mallard.

Varieties: Mallard
Uses: Dog training, Hunting, Ornamental, Pets
Personality: Calm and social amongst other fowl, very skiddish around people
Suitable housing: Aviary
Capable of flight: Yes, excellent fliers
Weight: 2 - 2.5 lbs
Broody: Yes
Noise level: Very loud
Egg production: Fair
Egg colors: Blue, Green, Tinted, White
Meat production: Fair

What else you should know:
In North America, Mallard ducks, like all native birds, are protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This makes it illegal to remove any Mallard or Mallard eggs from the wild or keep any wild bred Mallard as a pet. In the U.S. only captive bred Mallards that have been properly marked may be kept as a pet without permits. They can be marked by removal of the hind toe on the right foot, pinioning, banding, or tattooing a foot. Marking must be done by 6 weeks of age. Other local and state regulations may also apply to the keeping pet Mallards. Be sure to check with your state’s fish and game department before acquiring one as a pet.


good egg layers, adorable baby ducklings, huge personalities, beautiful colors, pond ducks


real small children, big enough yard, predator, space, wild nature, neighborhood dog


little kiddy pool, low maintenance pets

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