Wildlife - Species
Species Specific Regulations
Licenses: Hunting License required. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) that is validated by the hunter signing the stamp in ink across the face of the stamp
Limits: Please see Migratory Bird Regulations for any game zones restrictions or Limitations.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
The mallard is our most common duck, found in all flyways. The males are often called "greenheads."
Mallards have an average length of 24 inches and an average weight of 2 3/4 pounds.
The main wintering area is the lower Mississippi basin and along the gulf coast, but many stay as far north as open waters permit.
Typical Flock Pattern
Flocks often feed in early morning and late afternoon in nearby harvested fields, returning to marshes and creeks to spend the night.
The flight is not particularly rapid. Hens have a loud quack; the drake's voice is a
Publications and Literature
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Federal Duck Stamp Office Presents: North American Waterfowl
585 Donnelley Drive
Green Pond, SC 29446