A male (closest) and female mallard walking side-by-side.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Species: Anas platyrhynchos

Mallards, or Anas platyrhynchos, are common ducks often found in parks.



a couple.

Male has green head with yellow bill, white ring around the neck, under that he

has a brown chest and part of back. Also has white underparts and wings, with brown on the end of the latter. Females are different shades of brown, with darker wings which also have a shiny blue part.



a male in flight.

Mallards are often found in flocks, especially when not in the breeding season. They are very tame and are a common sight at ponds, where they eat seeds and bread thrown to them or other birds.


Mallards feed both on water and land, although they feed on seeds and bread, their more natrual diet is made up of plants and invertebrates.


Mallards nest under vegetation and often line their nests with feathers. They construct their nests near open stretches of water. The clutch is 7 to 16 and the eggs are a grayish green to buff color.


Mallards are found throughout much of Europe, as well as the north of Africa.