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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Male (left) and female (right) Mallards.

General Description: Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) are sexually dimorphic pond ducks. Females are mottled brown with a bold eyeline, an orange bill, orange feet, and a blue wing patch (speculum) bordered on both sides by white. Males have bright colors: the head is iridescent green, the breast is reddish, the sides are gray, and the back is dark. There is a white neck band, yellow bill, and orange feet, and several curled feathers just above the tail. Males also have the blue speculum bordered on both sides by white.

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Male Mallard. Note curled tail feathers.

Where to Find: Neighborhood ponds, parks (e.g., Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park), the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and Boulder Beach Marina at Lake Mead NRA. To find them in more natural habitat, visit the Pahranagat Valley.

Comments: Wild Mallards tend to be small like other ducks, but domestic mallards are much larger and often mix with wild birds.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Male Mallard out of water. Note green head set off from reddish breast by a white line, a yellow bill, and orange feet.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Female Mallard showing blue speculum with white borders.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Female Mallard out of water. Note the mottled brown appearance, including belly, with a dark eyeline and orange feet.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female and male (in eclipse plumage)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female and male (in eclipse plumage)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female
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Female
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Female
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female; typical view with speculum concealed.
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Two pairs of Mallards in typical habitat around Las Vegas.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards resting on a floating log in more typical, wild habitat.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Sleepy ducks ...
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
... then wake up with a big stretch.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female Mallard and chicks
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female Mallard and chicks
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Mallards mating (1): male forces female's head under water
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards mating (2): male hold female's head under water
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards mating (3): male still holding female's head under water
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards mating (4): to get a breath, she submits
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Mallards mating (5): finished, male rolls off female
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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallard in high-elevation mountain lake
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards dabbling in high-elevation mountain lake

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