The Mallard, also called duck weed duck or mute, is a domesticated fowl raised in the state for much of the rural population of Amazonia, who lives on the edge of lakes and rivers.

These ducks are originally from South America and now rarely found in the wild, but due to the high degree of domestication did not suffer extinction.

 

These birds do not emit loud sounds, still show features wild, living in flocks and feeding on roots, seeds and leaves of aquatic plants. They swim with the head and neck sunk, while seeking food and filter small invertebrates.

 

In the wild its predominant color is black, but when domesticated shows a variation with white and blue. Males are larger and have higher ridge around the beak. The couple has wattles (“red warts") on the head and around eyes, long tail in a fan shape and makes a change of feathers once a year.

 

The time of hatching of eggs is five weeks and only the female takes care of the creation of offspring.

 

The wild duck can fly and land on the ground, trees, logs or water. It was already domesticated by the Indians before the arrival of Europeans in the Americas.

 

ANATIDAE - Cairina moschata

 

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