Mellers duck

Mellers eend

Mellers duck (Anas melleri)

De Mellers duck (Anas melleri) is een dabbling duck uit de familie van de water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).


Nederlandse naam:
Mellers eend
Engelse naam:
Mellers duck
Duitse naam:
Franse naam:
Canard de Meller
Wetenschappelijke naam:
Anas melleri

Taxonomische indeling



Uiterlijke kenmerken:

A large duck with brown plumage, flecked and streaked with pale brown, the most striking feature is the dark green speculum, bordered with white, on the wing. In flight, the pale underside of the wing can be seen, which contrasts with the dark body. Bill is bluish-grey, the eyes are dark brown and legs and feet are orange-brown. 

Identical to male so much so you have to be able to identify the difference by looking for two central tail feathers which are tipped black in the male, in contrast to the slightly shorter, buff-tipped feathers of the female.

Looks as adults but duller and not as definably marked . 



Aggressive and territorial, but small loose groups also seen and (previously) larger flocks of amore than 200 birds. Sometimes found feeding with other duck species. They have a long term pair bonds.

Maten en Gewicht

Lengte man:
De man (woerd) van de Mellers duck heeft een lichaamslengte van ongeveer 63-68 centimeters. De vrouw (pop) heeft een lichaamslengte van ongeveer 63-68 centimeters.
Gewicht man:
Het mannetje weegt ongeveer 980 gram. Het vrouwtje weegt ongeveer 920 gram.
Het gewicht is notoir variabel en kan alleen als indicatie worden gebruikt!

Dabbling Ducks are generally hardy, easy to maintain and easy to breed. Shelter may be required by some of the smaller species in winter. They should be provided with cover (including marginal pond cover) and loafing areas as well as water. A pen which is 50% water is suggested. The water may be shallow (i.e. no more than two feet deep is required), and muddy areas for dabbling in are also appreciated. These ducks are generally good in mixed collections, although the smaller and quieter species may be bullied. Territorial disputes between ducks of the same species may be avoided by keeping only one pair of each species in an enclosure, unless the area is very large. For a single pair of ducks a pen are of 50 to 100 square metres, depending on the size of duck, should be provided.

A diet based on wheat and pellets is suggested, with maintenance pellets changed to breeders pellets for the breeding season. Bread and greenfood are also appreciated. Grit should always be available, with soluble grit (e.g. oystershell grit) as a calcium source when breeding.

Most species are ground nesters and both close ground cover and ground level nest boxes should be provided. Hand-rearing is generally preferred, as these ducks are generally poor parents in captive conditions, particularly in enclosures shared with other waterfowl. These ducks are prone to hybridization, particularly with closely related species, which should be kept apart from one another.

Meller's ducks are hardy, somewhat aggressive and not difficult to keep; the enclosure should include water, loafing areas and ground cover.

These ducks are fairly easily bred in captivity. Good close ground cover and ground-level nest boxes should be provided, and seclusion. Ducklings may be broody-incubated and reared; they are not difficult to rear, using chick crumbs, chopped hard-boiled egg, lettuce, plus mealworms and crickets to stimulate feeding.

Drakes frequently hybridise; they should be kept separate from closely-related mallard-type ducks.


Het vrouwtje Mellers duck legt doorgaans zo'n 5-10 white eieren het broeden duurt 28-29 dagen.

Kunstmatig broeden:

De ideale relatieve luchtvochtigheid voor het uitbroeden van de meeste watervogeleieren is 55% voor grondbroeders en 40% bij holenbroeders. De temperatuur is meestal 37,4° C. Stel ventilatie in zoals aanbevolen door de fabrikant van de broedmachine. Eieren moeten minimaal 4 keer per dag automatisch of met de hand worden gedraaid. Naarmate de vrucht zich ontwikkelt, verliest het ei water en wordt de luchtzak groter. Bij normale ontwikkeling van een ei met een incubatietijd van 28-29 dagen neemt de luchtzak ongeveer een derde van het ei in beslag, dit bij drie dagen voor uitkomst. Reinheid is van vitaal belang en idealiter moet de luchtvochtigheid worden verhoogd tot 65% nadat de eerste tekenen van uitkomst zichtbaar worden.

Aanbevolen passende ringmaat voor de Mellers duck is 10 mm.
De gesloten pootring kan alleen aangebracht worden bij een jonge dabbling duck van ongeveer 10-11 dagen oud.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it's good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
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Foto's van de Mellers duck