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Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Description:

The male birds (drakes) have a bright green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females are brown all over. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of almost all of the breeds of domestic ducks.

Habitat:

The Mallard is widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, North America from southern and central Alaska to Mexico, the Hawaiian Islands, and across Eurasia, from Iceland and southern Greenland and parts of Morocco (North Africa) in the west, Scandinavia to the north, and to Siberia, Japan, and China in the east. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

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2 Comments

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

What an adorable family!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, AndrzejSkonieczny. Sweet picture and good information. Thanks.

AndrzejSkonieczny
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AndrzejSkonieczny

Wickliffe, Ohio, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2012
Submitted on Jun 30, 2012

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