I never get tired of seeing mallards. I remember as a little girl being fascinated by the bright green head of the male. This photo was taken along the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Hampton, Illinois. This handsome guy was with a lone female dipping in the water for food. The female was much busier than the male, so I was unable to get a picture of her.
Mallards are one of the most common ducks in North America. They are dabbling ducks, which means they dip their heads in the water to get food. Mallards are omnivores; they eat both plants and animals. They live on seeds, plant materials, worms, snails, insect larva, etc. They can live in almost any wetland habitat and sometimes become very tame.
The male mallard is very colorful, but the female is mainly brown and tan. She may have some blue or green on her wings. In the spring females will lay anywhere from 1-13 eggs. It will take about 30 days for the eggs to hatch. Sometime mallards will have two broods in one season.