Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos – also known as the Canard colvert (French), maillard (French), ainette (French), enette (French), Wilde Eend (Dutch), Stockente (German), Germano reale (Italian), Anade real (Spanish), Gräsand (Swedish), Kryakva (Russian).
Seemingly the most abundant and most familiar of ducks, the mallard (male, top) can be found in rivers, lakes, ponds, and even road-side puddles.
Update 3/6/2008: The bottom picture (female) looks a little different than the traditional female mallard, as the traditional female mallard has an orange bill with a brown “splotch.” See here for a “traditional” mallard pair. None of the authorities I have consulted show pictures of a mallard female with such a dark bill, and none of the authorities have been able to explain why a darker bill may exist in some females. Speculation on reasons for the color change includes the age of the duck, whether it is breeding or not, the food it eats, etc.
Taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on March 29, 2007 at Lock and Dam 14, LeClaire, Iowa.
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