Key information: The Mallard is a large duck with a stocky build. Its legs are located in the centre of its body and when it is out of the water, it can walk upright with ease. To feed, it upends its body in the water. Female Mallards nest on the ground and can be seen with their ducklings from April onwards. It is the most common duck of Cyprus.
Length: 50 – 60 cm
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Seeds
In Cyprus: Can be seen at natural wetlands, but also man-made ones, such as dams and sewage works
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis