Description: Mallard - a small wild duck weighing up to 2 kg. Color female brown-brown with longitudinal gray streaks. The male head and neck green, brown-brown back, gray breast. In both sexes there on the wings purple "mirror". Life expectancy in the wild for 15 years, in captivity up to 25 years.
Food: Incredibly easy to adapt to any conditions of finding food in any terrain. It can be powered both duckweed and small insects, molluscs, crustaceans and frogs. While living near forests or fields eats green vegetation, young tree shoots and grain (wheat, millet, rye).
Habitat: Mallard partially migratory bird, therefore, as a place for wintering chooses fresh and salty waters from the non-freezing water. Avoid lakes and rivers with fast current. In the cities it can settles on ponds and fed by podkarmlivaniya. It quickly becomes accustomed to people.
Interesting fact: With purple "mirrors" having a metal reflux, mallard know each other in flight. Almost all breeds of domestic ducks are descended from mallards.
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