About this Species 

< Back
Name:Mallard
Family:Dabbling Ducks
Scientific Name: Anas platyrhynchos
Description:One of the largest and most easily recognized ducks common to Arkansas. Male has an iridescent green head, rusty brown chest and gray body. Female is light brown all over. The male sometimes is called “greenhead;” the female’s known as “Suzie.”
Habit:This puddle duck can be found on any wetlands from flooded agricultural fields and bottomland hard-woods to small farm ponds. Primarily eats seeds, grains, acorns and aquatic insects. Nests in the north-central U.S. and central Canada’s Prairie Pothole Region. Hens lay 1-13 eggs in a nest of vegetation and down.
State Occurrence: State Occurrence The mallard is the most abundant duck in North America. Spends summers in the northern U.S. and Canada, and can be spotted throughout Arkansas during winter, especially in the Mississippi River Delta.
Click Photo to Enlarge
USFWS
Male
Click Photo to Enlarge
USFWS
Female