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Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
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Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)

General Description: Barnyard Ducks (Anas domesticus) are domestic ducks that escaped or were released from captivity and now live "wild," or feral, in local ponds and lakes. Barnyard ducks are white, but they breed with other forms of feral ducks and come in a motley range of mixes. Most domestic ducks are descended from wild Mallards, and it is not uncommon to see overly large, domestic mallards in neighborhood ponds.

Favored Habitat: Ponds in parks and neighborhoods.

Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds and city parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park, Sunset Park, and Floyd Lamb State Park).

Comments: Be sure to bring stale bread or popcorn.

Feral Domestic Duck (Anas domesticus)
Feral Domestic Duck with two fledgelings
Feral Domestic Duck (Anas domesticus)
Feral Domestic Duck with two fledgelings
Feral Domestic Duck (Anas domesticus)
Feral Domestic Duck with two fledgelings
Feral Domestic Duck (Anas domesticus)
Feral Domestic Duck with two fledgelings
Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
Typical mating behavior (aka rape) in domestic ducks. The male climbs onto the female and tries to hold her head underwater
Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
With the female held underwater, other males try to join in
Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
Still holding her underwater...
Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
As the female tires, the male turns parallel to her and pushes her head underwater again
Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
To avoid being drowned, with her head going under again, her tail comes up and the male consummates the attack
Barnyard Duck (Anas domesticus)
Hybrid or domestic mallard. The color pattern resembles a male mallard, but it clearly isn't right

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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