Cows moo, pigs oink and ducks quack, right? It’s true, but not all ducks quack. In fact, most ducks don’t quack. The sound you think of when you think of a quacking duck is the sound of a female mallard. Male mallards don’t quack at all. Instead, they make a quieter raspy sound.
Mallards are a common sight around our waterways, and people often feed them bread, crackers and other human foods. These foods aren’t good for them, though. It’s like you eating a lot of junk food. In the wild, mallards eat a wide variety of foods, including plant matter, insects and crustaceans. Bread is never on the menu, though.
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A male (left) and female mallard. (Photo by Anthony Schalk)