038 Mallard

/divThe Mallard or Wild Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is 50-65 cm long dabbling duck. The male has glossy bottle-green head, white collar, purple-tinged brown breast, grey brown wings, pale grey belly, black rear, yellowish orange bill tipped black, and pink legs. Female Mallard has mainly brown-speckled plumage. It is found in all sorts of wetlands almost all over the Northern Hemisphere from Arctic Tundra to subtropical regions. Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs. The female lays eggs which equal almost half of her body weight. As a result eggs-laying period is very stressful for the female. She gets very weak and needs food as well as protection from predators until she recovers. Therefore, she carefully chooses a safe and well-concealed nesting site.