Mallard

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Mallard
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Mallard female (front) and male (rear)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Binomial name
Anas platyrhynchos
Anas platyrhynchos

The mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks. It can be found throughout most of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. It is the most common and widespread duck. It can be found in almost any area with a wetland habitat, even in urban areas.

Description[change | change source]

The mallard is a large and heavy looking duck. It has a body and a long and broad bill. The male has a dark green head, a yellow bill, is mainly purple-brown on the breast and grey on the body. The female is mainly brown with an orange bill.

Habitat[change | change source]

It breeds in all parts of the Europe in summer and winter, wherever there are suitable wetland habitats. It is scarcer in upland areas.