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2008 Missouri Waterfowl-Hunting Forecast

It looks like the dramatic flooding this past year will impact Missouri waterfowl hunting opportunities in a variety of ways.

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Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder.

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Each October, hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks return to Missouri's wetlands.

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Mallard ducks are one of many species of waterfowl that pass through Missouri each year.

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Dissection of a Mallard gizzard

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As you are laying out in the marsh, watching clouds roll by, waiting for the next batch of ducks to come into sight, do you ever wonder what they are looking for?

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Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos
The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Both sexes have a blue speculum (wing patch) bordered on both sides by white.

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Photo of mallard flock in wetlands

Mallard Flock In Wetlands

In Missouri, the mallard is a common migrant on lakes, rivers, ponds, and marshes. As a locally uncommon summer resident, they may nest along lakeshores and in marshes statewide. They are very common in winter, even during severely cold weather when most other waterfowl migrate farther south.

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Photo of mallard hen with chicks

Mallard Hen And Chicks

Upon hatching, mallard chicks are covered with down and can follow their mother around within a day. They, and similarly capable young of most other ground-nesting birds, are described as “precocial young.” They contrast greatly with the naked, helpless young of most tree-nesting birds.

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Photo of male mallard in flight

Mallard Male In Flight

The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Mallards can take flight directly from the water’s surface without needing a running start.

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Mallard Migration

Every week from late September to early February, more than 100 experts in North American's central flyway rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas. We compile their data to bring you a map showing the status of the mallard migration.

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