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Mallard (WW134)

Mallard (WW134)

Product ref: 3004854

Price: £2.75 £2.00

A WWT Eco-friendly card: made from responsibly managed forests (FSCĀ®), vegetable-based inks, recycled paper envelopes, compostable outer slips.

size 160mm X 160mm
blank inside

The Mallard is very well known to most, as we have all fed them along the canal or at the park. The Mallard is a dabbling duck which inhabits a wide range of habitat and climates, from Arctic Tundra to subtropical regions. It is found in both fresh- and salt-water wetlands, including parks, small ponds, rivers, lakes and estuaries, as well as shallow inlets and open sea within sight of the coastline. They are attracted to bodies of water with aquatic vegetation.

The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both male and female Mallards have distinct iridescent purple blue speculum feathers edged with white, prominent in flight or at rest, though temporarily shed during the annual summer moult.

Mallards eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.