Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Species
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). Male. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on March 27th 2011.
Male. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on March 27th 2011.
(1/200th sec at f16. Click image for larger version . © David Hastings)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). Female. Taken at the Oxford University Parks on November 12th 2008.
Female. Taken at the Oxford University Parks on November 12th 2008.
(1/320th sec at f8. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 50 - 60 cm; WS: 81 - 95 cm

The Mallard is a very common species in the UK and Europe. The male's breeding plumage, with its metallic green head and blue speculum, is distinctive. Adult females are mostly brown; the blue speculum is diagnostic.

It is found throughout the UK, although it is scarcer in upland areas.

It will breed on more or less any sort of body of water, and can use a variery of nest sites.

Many Mallards that breed in Iceland and northern Europe are winter visitors to the UK

The UK breeding population is between 50000 and 127000 pairs.

Sightings

16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
18-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
08-Jun-2018 : Barnwell Country Park, Northants
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-May-2018 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (5)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (12)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (36+)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (3)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (2)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (4)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (8)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Jun-2017 : Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Nov-2016 : Barbate, Spain (4)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
07-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Nov-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Nov-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Feb-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
20-Jul-2014 : Calvert Jubilee, Oxon
19-Jul-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
06-Jun-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
08-May-2014 : Newport, Pembrokeshire
06-May-2014 : Skomer, Pembrokeshire
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (5)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
24-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
19-Mar-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (7)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
08-Mar-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (3)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
22-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Feb-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (12)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
03-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (20+)