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The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North-America.
by "dabbling" and upending, meaning that they tip their bodies
into water, bill first, tail
"Mallards can accomplish some interesting feats. They swim with their tail held above the water and, when they are alarmed, they spring directly out of the water and into the air. The sudden flight of Mallards can make quite a spectacular site.
arrive on their nesting territory in the spring, the females build down-lined
"Although Mallards are seasonally monogamous, the male deserts the female after only the first week of incubation. The female incubates the five to 14 eggs by herself until they hatch some time between March and July, some 26 to 30 days later. The downy young leave the nest soon after hatching and can fly from 49 to 60 days later.
"Mallards are very common throughout North America. As migratory waterfowl, they winter south of Canada, throughout the United States south to Central America. Mallards arrive on nesting grounds in northern parts of the United States and in Canada between March and April.
"Mallards are also common throughout much of Europe, Asia and Africa. Wherever Mallards are located, they are most likely found on shallow bodies of fresh water, on lakes, marshes and even flooded fields."**
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