Breeding season: July to December. Clutch size is 12. They pair up only during the breeding season. The male briefly defends a small territory and guards the female before egg-laying and during the early incubation period. After about five days, he abandons the female, leaving her to incubate the eggs, feed and raise the ducklings. The nest is a grass bowl, lined with down and well hidden on the ground or in a hole.The female leads the ducklings to water soon after hatching. They are able to swim, feed and fend for themselves. They are a highly adaptable species.
Males have a glossy green head and neck, a white collar and a chestnut breast.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Introduced to Australia as early as 1862. Australian populations are sedentary, but mallard's in the Northern Hemisphere are migratory.
Omnivore. Feeds mainly on aquatic vegetation but will also eat insects.
Found in wetlands, grasslands and crops, as well as sheltered estuaries and marine habitats.