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(Anas platyrhynchos). Patient Number 24-9.
Date of admission: Jan 15, 2023.
Reason for admission: Foot Injury, and Feather Damage.
Mallard ducks breed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. The species has been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. Mallard ducks living in northern climates migrate south to escape the cold winter months. In Canada and the northern United States, the majority of mallard ducks migrate into Mexico and are regularly spotted in Central America and the Caribbean islands.
Mallard ducks are highly adaptable and can be found living near lakes, rivers, fresh and saltwater wetlands, rural agricultural lands, and urban city parks. Unlike many other species of ducks, mallards have often benefitted from human disturbances to native habitats.
Their ability to adapt to changing environments has allowed their population numbers to increase in both rural and urban areas. Male mallard ducks, or drakes, are easily recognizable by their glossy green heads. Both the males and females produce the characteristic "quack,” stereotypically associated with ducks. Each spring, female mallards normally lay between 8-13 eggs which hatch after 28 days of incubation.
This Mallard was brought to AIWC after they became grounded in an industrial neighborhood in Calgary. Apart from some missing tail feathers, and a small lesion on the left foot, there were no significant injuries. They are already making a quick recovery but will remain with us until the weather warms up again. Thank you for supporting their care!