Mallard: Forced mating

on 31st May 2016

“I was in Amsterdam attending an exhibition. Took some time to side track visiting a garden near the hotel I stayed.

Mallard [SamsonTan] 1

“Mallard (Anas platyrhyncos) is very common in this part of the world.

Mallard [SamsonTan] 2

“They can be seen in garden, park…

Mallard [SamsonTan] 3

“Even in the canal right in the city center of Amsterdam!

“This trip indeed an eye opener for me, I didn’t know Mallard can mate in water!

“Another thing that I’m not sure is if mating in water is only happening during force mating.”

Samson Tan
21st May 2016
(This post first appeared HERE)

1. According to Carboneras (1992), members of Anatidae that includes ducks, geese and swans copulate almost always on the water. One of the few exceptions is the Cape Barren Goose, that invariably copulates on land.
2. According to Trudge (2008), rape is common among supposedly monogamous Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) and Mallards, sometimes causing the female to drown when attacked in the water.

Carboneras, C., 1992. Family Anatidae (Ducks, Geese and Swans). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 1. Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 536-628 states on page 557
2. Tudge, C., 2008. Consider the birds. Who they are and what they want. Allen Lane, London. 480 pp.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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