Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

The dances of the mallard drakes

In late autumn mallard ducks show a strange spectacle. The drakes come together for their "courtship dances" and the plain brown females are there as spectators. The "dance steps" follow repetitively a specific sequence.

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Category: Birds

Size: beak to tail 50-65 cm; wingspan 75-100 cm

Breeding duration: 24-28 days

Age: 29 years

Sexually mature: with 1 year

Reproduction: 7-13 eggs

food: seeds, aquatic and terrestrial plants, insects, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, amphibians and fish

habitat: all wet areas as long as they are not too deep and offer some protection

Danger: not endangered

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