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Mallard (male)

Anas platyrhynchos


Mallards are an introduced species with the conservation status of naturalised. "The breeding male mallard is unmistakable, with a glossy bottle-green head and a white collar that demarcates the head from the purple-tinged brown breast, grey-brown wings, and a pale grey belly. The rear of the male is black, with white-bordered dark tail feathers. The bill of the male is a yellowish-orange tipped with black, with that of the female generally darker and ranging from black to mottled orange and brown." (Wiki)


Having a stretch in the creek running through the Botanic Gardens.


Mallard females are sometimes mistaken for the native Grey Duck and the "Fish and Game" site has info on how to distinguish them:

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armadeus.4 11 months ago

Thank you Single D!

Single D
Single D a year ago

Great colours. Great pose.

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Sep 24, 2021
Submitted on Oct 9, 2021

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