SBCC ZOOL 140 - Observation Mallards (5 pages)

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Santa Barbara City College
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Zool 140 - Animal Behavior

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Ju 1 Kris Burnell Zoology140 Observing Mallards I observed a Mallard Anas platyrhynchos on May 1 3 2015 at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens located between Garden St and Santa Barbara St in Santa Barbara CA There were 20 Mallards in the little lake with other kinds of anatine Male mallard have yellow beak and bright bluish green color of neck There is a white thin trim between neck and body The tail feather is bright white but middle tail feather is black and curled up It has orange color of webbed feet too On the other hands female mallard s body is covered with brown feather and have dark brown pattern on it Its beak is yellow but darker than male s Generally females have smaller body build than male Mallards use separate habitats for roosting and foraging at least in winter In general terms the daily home range is thought to primarily depend on the spatial distribution of food resources but it may also be affected by predation and hunting pressure disturbance and inter and intraspecific population densities According to National geographic reports the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide ranging duck on Earth Mallards prefer calm shallow sanctuaries but can be found in almost any body of freshwater across Asia Europe and North America They re also found in saltwater and brackish water and are commonly found in wetlands Mallard groups can often be seen head dipping or completely upending in the water They rarely dive though spending their time near the surface and dabbling for invertebrates fish amphibians and a variety of plants They also graze on land feeding on grains and plants May 1 2015 Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens 11 00 am Watching a group of mallards There were 20 of female and male mallards Over half of them were males and Ju 2 they seemed more colorful and fancier than females They were swimming in the warm sunlight and were repeating action that pluming their feathers with beak Generally they spent time with scraping their tail inside



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