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Photo of mallard nest with eggs

Mallard Nest With Eggs

Female mallards make nests and lay eggs in early spring. Nests are usually built on the ground of grasses, twigs, and other vegetation, and lined with down from the mother’s breast. Clutches comprise 1-13 eggs; incubation lasts 23-30 days.

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Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice

Mallard Pair

Adult male mallards are easily identified by their green head, chestnut breast, gray body, black back, and white-bordered blue speculum, which is the wing patch located on the secondary feathers. The females are brownish with an orange bill with dark saddle markings.

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Photo of female and male mallards swimming

Mallard Pair Swimming

Mallards are perhaps the most common “dabbling duck” or “puddle duck” in America. They dip their heads underwater, the tail pointed up, and don’t dive. They can take flight directly from the water’s surface.

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Photo of mallard flock in wetlands

Mallards

Mallards and other dabbling ducks forage for seeds, grass, aquatic vegetation, and invertebrates in shallow water. They feed by tipping forward so the head is underwater and the tail points up, and not by diving completely underwater.

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Annually updated digest covers Missouri hunting regulations for dove, rail, snipe, teal, and woodcock.

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Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground

Mourning Dove

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Doves symbolize peace, and they are also a popular quarry of hunters. Our mourning doves are probably the closest living relatives of the extinct passenger pigeon. Learn more about these cooing seed-eaters!

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Photograph of a Mourning Dove walking on the ground

Mourning Dove

Mourning doves eat mainly seeds, plus some insects, as they walk on the ground in crop fields, around farms, and in yards.

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Photograph of a Mourning Dove drinking water with head down

Mourning Dove Drinking Water

Doves and pigeons, unlike most other birds, can drink water with their heads down. Other birds must scoop up water with their bills, then throw their heads back for gravity to make the water go down their throats.

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Photo of mourning dove nest with two eggs

Mourning Dove Nest With Eggs

Mourning doves court in April. Usually 2 eggs are laid in a flimsy nest and are incubated for 14 days. Squabs are fully fledged at about 2 weeks. Once a pair complete their first nest, they start on the next. They can have as many as 7 nesting attempts between late March and early September.

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Photo of a mourning dove on its nest

Mourning Dove On Nest

The male mourning dove collects sticks for the nest, bringing them to the female, which constructs the nest. Upon hatching, young squabs are fed “pigeon milk,” a nutritious secretion from the adult crop gland. After about a week, the young are weaned to seeds.

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