Louisiana Wetlands

Mallard Ducks

Mallards are a very common duck, which is easy to recognize because of its distinctive coloring.  The males (called drakes) and females (called hens) look very different during breeding season but in the fall the males change color to look more like the hens.  The drakes are the colorful ones with a bright green head and a bright yellow bill.  It has a grayish body with a dark brown breast and orangish feet.   The hen is more uniform in coloring, with mostly dark brown and black feathers and a darker bill, but both the drakes and the hens usually have a distinctive blue patch on their wings. Mallards are mostly vegetarians, eating aquatic plants, but during the summer they also eat insects, snails, and crustaceans.  


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