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Birds

Mallard

Least Concern

Increasing

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

The Mallard is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New-Zealand and Australia. This duck belongs to the waterfowl family.

The male birds have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.

Wild Duck, Common Mallard

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    আমৰ’লীয়া হাঁহ
  • Bengali:
    নীলশির, নীলমাথা হাঁস
  • French:
    Canard colvert
  • Gujarati:
    નીલશિર
  • Hindi:
    नीलसीर बत्तख, नीरागी, हिरागी
  • Marathi:
    चतुरंग बदक
  • Nepali:
    हरियो टाउके
  • Sanskrit:
    नीलग्रीव हंसक, ढामरा
  • Spanish:
    ánade real,azulón
  • Tamil:
    காட்டு வாத்து
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Taxanomy

ANSERIFORMES
ANATIDAE
Anas platyrhynchos

Quick Facts
  • Male Mallard ducks are called drakes. Females are known as hens. Group of Mallard ducks is known as flock.
Mallard

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