Appearance - The male Mallard has a metallic green head and neck with a white ring on the lower neck, a brown breast, brown/grey back, and pale grey underparts. The tail is white and wings are a brownish/grey with a bar of purple, black, and white. The beak is yellow/green, and feet are orange. The female Mallard is a mottled brown colour with the purple, black, and white bar on the wings. The female also has a pale eyebrow with dark stripe through the eye, and olive-brown beak.
Notes - The Mallard is the most common
duck and is widespread in the northern hemisphere. The Mallard is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks. Mallards frequently interbreed with their closest relatives leading to various hybrid ducks.
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