Male mallard paddling through the water.
Mallards are rare visitors to Jewel Cave National Monument due to a lack of suitable habitat.

NPS File Photo



Anas platyrhynchos

Family: Anatinae

This is the most commonly seen duck in the United States. Mallards have a wide variety of habitat. They can be seen on lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and marshes. They eat a variety of grasses and herbs. The Monument has few suitable habitats for Mallards so it is rare to see one at Jewel Cave.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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