Mallard ( Anas platyrhynchos )
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The Mallard is distributed in North America, ranging from western parts of Alaska throughout the U.S.A. down to Mexico. These ducks live in almost any water area including lakes, rivers, canals and streams in villages, towns and cities.
Anas Platyrhynchos is 60 cm (24 inches) in size. Its plumage is more colorful during the breeding season. This is evident especially on drakes. The male duck has got a metallic green head with a white ring around its neck. The chest is brown and the rest of the body is pale grey with darker spots. The female duck has got a totally different plumage coloration. She is yellowish-brown with dark brown markings. Their legs are orange. The bill is yellow (males) or orange (females) with a black mark at the base.
The female duck, also called a hen has from seven to sixteen grayish green eggs. These ducks can be seen in flocks or in small groups, when males are searching for their potential mates. They live in nests that are usually hidden under the vegetation close to the water. The nest is made from vegetation. Ducks feed on vegetation, water plants and small invertebrates. However they would not refuse to eat some food, provided by humans, for instance piece of bread etc…