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Has been domesticated and many unusual Mallards are either escaped domestics or hybrids with such birds.
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.
Formerly considered conspecific with Mexican Duck.
There are2 subspecies:
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.
Diet includes insects, seed, roots, grain either whilst dabbling or on land.
Male: Quiet kwack, nasally rheb.
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