Zoologists at the University of Cambridge filmed a group of Mallards hunting other birds on a reservoir in Romania.

mallard eating redstart

Two fledglings – a grey wagtail and a black redstart – were chased and swallowed when they landed in the water.

Mallards normally feed on seeds, plants and insects. Small fish are occasionally on the menu but consumption of larger vertebrates by Mallards is quite rare.

The BBC web site has more on the story and images of the predator female Mallards.

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