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Mallard

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Male at front, Female behindPhoto © by Paul Sansom
Male at front, Female behind
Photo © by Paul Sansom
Anas platyrhynchos

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[edit] Identification

Wintering pair in North India, nominate subspeciesPhoto © by Alok TewariGreater Flamingo in the BG, Nazfgarh Wetland and Marshes, Delhi-Gurgaon Border, India, January-2018
Wintering pair in North India, nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Greater Flamingo in the BG, Nazfgarh Wetland and Marshes, Delhi-Gurgaon Border, India, January-2018

Drake

  • Green head separated from a brown breast by a white ring.
  • Yellow bill.
  • Curly central tail feathers.

Female

  • Streaked brown body
  • Brown bill with a variable amount of orange around the edge


Both have a white-edged blue speculum
Eclipse male resembles female, but retains yellow bill.

Has been domesticated and many unusual Mallards are either escaped domestics or hybrids with such birds.

[edit] Distribution

The most abundant and widespread duck in the region breeding throughout Europe from Iceland and northern Scandinavia south to the Mediterranean, on some Mediterranean islands and throughout Turkey. Rare and local breeder in North-West Africa and Cyprus.
Resident or partial migrant in Iceland, the British Isles and Continental Europe from Spain east to the Baltic States and south to Greece and Turkey. Summer visitor to much of Scandinavia and Russia. Vagrant north to Svalbard and south to the Azores where has bred.
Also in North America, breeding in the USA and Canada, wintering to Mexico and the Carribean.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly considered conspecific with Mexican Duck.

[edit] Subspecies

There are2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. p. platyrhynchos:
  • A. p. conboschas:

[edit] Habitat

Virtually any kind of freshwater from small ponds on farms and in town parks up to the largest reservoirs, and also swamps and marshes.

In winter especially, also on estuaries and sometimes on sheltered seas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects, seed, roots, grain either whilst dabbling or on land.

[edit] Vocalisation

Male: Quiet kwack, nasally rheb.
Female: Loud traditional quack


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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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