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Mallard chicks

Observed: 17th April 2010 By: Laurie DauntLaurie Daunt’s reputation in BirdsLaurie Daunt’s reputation in BirdsLaurie Daunt’s reputation in Birds
Mallard chicks
Description:

14 of them, is this a reord

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts

Comments

Kluut's picture

Clutch size

Mallard (including the crosses with domestics that pass for mallard), regularly produce large clutches, well into double figures. They almost never rear more than 4-5-6, in part because they can't brood many more than that once they grow a bit.
The species does not form creches, as such, though ducklings may occasionally change brood.
The male takes no part in incubation or rearing - he still has an eye for the ladies at this time of year, hence he is around - the one you saw may not even be the ducklings' father.

Laurie Daunt's picture

Thanks

Thanks, Still amazed, took some looking after to get this far

Laurie Daunt