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Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

The most common duck in the parks around Montreal. As most lakes are frozen in winter, Mallards migrate South and are seen less frequently during winter.

Common Names

  • Mallard (en)
  • Ánade real, Ánade azulón (es)
  • Canard colvert (fr)
  • Stockente (de)


  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas platyrhynchos

Videos Behavioral Traits

Where & When to Spot

Can be seen in almost every park with lake or slow flowing river during spring, summer and autumn. In winter, when the lakes and rivers are frozen, the Mallard migrated South.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 6 3 2 0
Park Mont-Royal 1 0 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 3 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 4 0 0 1

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

The most common duck species around Montreal. Males can be easily identified because of the greenish color of the head and neck down till the white ring around the neck. Females are more difficult to identify as there are several other species around looking very similar. Watch for the blue patch on the wings. Different to Black duck, the mallard's blue patch is bordered by white stripes.


Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Male

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Male

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Male displaying the beautiful colours of head feathers

Park Bernard-Landry - 2022-05-25

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 3200;

Canada Geese Chicks

Canada Geese Chicks

Canada Geese Chicks

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2020-05-25

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 5000;

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2019-03-16

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

pippy-park - 2017-08-15

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 280mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;

Maillard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Maillard (Anas platyrhynchos)

A male chasing away another male, away from the female.

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-05-03

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 400;

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