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Mallard Hen And Chicks

Photo of mallard hen with 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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