Mallard in Winter

mallard walking on snow beside water winter
Mallard (male). Image by Zuzanna Zembrzuska from Pixabay

Appearance: Mallards are large ducks about 23″ long. The male has a metallic green head, chestnut breast, and yellow bill. The female is a mottled brown with an orange bill and heavily streaked dark brown.

Winter diet: Seeds, aquatic vegetation, acorns, corn, rice, and wheat.

Winter feeder food: They’re not feeder visitors.

Winter habitat: Mallards spend winter in every US state as well as British Columbia. They prefer to be around open, freshwater areas but can also be found around farmer’s fields.

Range Map

Mallard range map.
Mallard range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.