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Habitat use and home range of mallards breeding in Minnesota

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

Telemetry techniques were used to study habitat use and home range of 12 drake and 12 hen mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) in the forested region of north-central Minnesota during the 1968-72 breeding seasons. Circumneutral bogs and seasonal wetlands were the most frequently used communities; the lakeshore communities most used were sand-gravel, overhanging brush, and bog mat. Based on the availability of habitat, the highest preference shown was for the seasonal community and the least for the softwood swamp; however, all communities were used to some extent during the breeding season. Lakeshore was always among the habitats most frequently used by pairs. Twelve nest were found, nine in nonpermanent wetlands and three in upland forest sites. Mean home range was 210 ha for hens and 240 ha for drakes. The long axis of the home ranges of drakes and hens averaged 2.8 and 2.7 km, respectively. Hens had smaller home ranges during the laying period (mean = 70 ha) than during prenesting (mean = 135 ha).

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Habitat use and home range of mallards breeding in Minnesota
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
39
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1975
Language:
English
Description:
p. 781-789
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
781
Last page:
789
Number of Pages:
8