Sounds of the Mallard
Song: The Mallard's typical quacking is given only by the female; it is often heard during the nesting season. When courted by males in the fall, females respond with loud quacks that decrease in volume and pitch: k-QUACK-Quack-quack-quack. Courting females also make a froglike cackle.
Call: The common call of the male is a soft, nasal rhaeb-rhaeb. Males also make grunting whistles during courtship.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.