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Life Span-Cycle Mallard Duck

Life Span Mallard Duck
Toward the migration season arrives, mallard start looking and form mating pairs. This couple could be formed before the migration season, or in the area of migration when they have lost their partner. By natural instinct, female ducks will migrate and return to their hometown where he was born. Sometimes the female mallard will return to nest in the same location on each nesting season. They build nests in locations near water sources. Their nests can be found in several places, such as in thick bushes or grass, and inside the cavity tree. The nest is built of twigs, leaves and dry grass as well as women's chest hair.
mallard duck nest
After the female mallard eggs first started to put in the nest, the male mallard ducks will leave the female, joined the group of male mallard ducks, until the time arrives fur loss. After the last egg was laid in the clutch (about 7-14 eggs), incubation was started. The length of time for egg hatching lasts approximately 28 days, female ducks are rarely left the nest except to hunt, eat and bathe.

Ducklings just hatched look weak and helpless. But after her body became dry, they will look lively and cheerful. Face and lower abdomen yellow, brown back and wings with a brown eye line. After the body of his children dry, mallard females will lead them to the nearest water source for food. This is a difficult journey for the newly hatched ducklings, their movements are still slow and can become easy targets for predators.

Ducklings are under threat by a predator, will be protected by their parents. He will try to repel predators with a very loud voice, with flapping wings, or when it may be pursuing prey to protect her children. After arriving at the water source, the mother mallard will lead them to get their own food like small animals, insects or young plants.

Approximately two months after the ducklings were born, and adult feathers have grown, young ducks can fly. Female ducks may have the desire to nest and lay eggs 3 to 4 times a year, but they do not have enough power to do so, while the hatching process takes place once a year.

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