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Mallard Duck

Anas platyrhynchos

Description:

Bird Spotting: Male mallards create a spectacular sight while bobbing along the surface of a pond. Their striking green head set off by a white neck ring makes this duck easily identifiable. The body is grayish brown and the speculum, the secondary feathers located on the back inner portion of the wing, are a metallic purplish blue, with a white border. Females are mottled brown with a white tail and purplish-blue speculum. -- Animal Planet: http://animal.discovery.com/guides/wild-...

Habitat:

Mallards can be found in ponds, lakes and marshes. Nesting: Mallard nests are bowl shaped and made of grass. To protect their eight to 10 pale greenish-buff eggs, nests are hidden in marsh grass or on brush piles near the shore. Bird Bite: The mallard is the most abundant duck in the world. Backyard Tip: Mallards enjoy the fruits of shagbark hickory. Another food source, the fallen acorns of the white oak tree, are swallowed whole.

Notes:

Photos taken at Crescent Lake, St. Petersburg, Florida

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2 Comments

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks Susan!
The Mallard males sure are pretty. Guess I should say handsome.

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 8 years ago

neat colors and composition

LaurieWinters
Spotted by
LaurieWinters

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 14, 2011
Submitted on Dec 15, 2011

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