Mallard Duck, male

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Mallards are commonly seen at Kaweah Oaks Preserve when water in running in the canals. During dry spells, they move on to where they can find lakes and ponds with water.

The male Mallard  has a really pretty head that is green with a bright yellow beak. The female has a brown beak and yellow and brown feathers. A male is called a drake and a female is called a hen. The mallard duck can measure up to as much as 27 inches in length and weigh as much as 3 pounds. The mallard  eats seeds, nuts, fruit, grass, small fish, tadpoles, and insects. The hen lays the eggs and takes care of them until the eggs hatch. After the eggs hatch the hen will take the chicks out for their first swimming lesson. In the winter the mallard ducks will pair up. 

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