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Mallard Duck

Anas platyrhynchos

Description:

Also known as the Wild Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.

Habitat:

swamps, marshes, forest, urban areas.

Notes:

Sometimes I forget how brilliantly colored the Mallard Duck is because of how common it is.

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Josh Asel
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Josh Asel

California, USA

Spotted on Feb 28, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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