Bullying in the bird world

Bullying in the bird world

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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After dining with Shamu at SeaWorld the other day, I found some mallard ducks that appeared to be playing around. Upon closer inspection, two males were bullying a female:

Bullying in the bird world


The mallard on the left — we’ll call him ML — was doing all the damage, even pulling out a huge mouthful of feathers from that poor female. The mallard on the right — we’ll call him MR — was merely standing guard. Eventually we saw why he was standing guard because that female’s mate showed up and took to ML and MR, running them off and snuggling up to his little gal.

There were young children watching this bullying. What are they going to think about bullying?


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14 thoughts on “Bullying in the bird world

  1. whitt88

    Those aren’t feathers, Russel, they are leaves.
    And hey, your categories list is the best indexing widget I’ve ever seen. (That’s less of a compliment than it seems; I’ve seen lots but have yet to make one!)


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      LOL – The feathersall blew away after ML spit them out!

      I try not to get carried away with categories. I might add one or two more over the years but I think I’m pretty well set.


  2. FeyGirl

    ugh… i see this horrible behavior in our muscovy ducks, down here in s. fla — except they’re not really bullying, but mating. the males will be so aggressive with the females, that they’ll actually drown them in the process, or otherwise kill them on land. what happened to darwinism, there?



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