Young Ducklings Grow Up in Late Summer

young-ducks-grow-up

Photo by Juliet / 8-20-2014

For the first few months of their lives, mallard ducklings look the same regardless of sex.

By month two, as the ducklings become juveniles, their plumage starts to change.

Females’ feathers darken and their feet turn orange.

The males’ beaks turn yellow; females’ beaks turn black or occasionally orange.

Males’ feathers change a little later to silver-white along the body and the distinctive glossy green feathers on the head.

By month 14, both sexes are adults and ready to mate.

Mallards live on average 3 years, but some can live to be 20.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s