|On the ground near water.
Down and aquatic plants.
Water invertebrates, seeds, shoots, roots.
A very common species from which domestic ducks are derived.
Often bred for shooting.
Yellowish bill, glossy green head and neck, deep
on hind neck and breast, greenish purple
with white above and below, black rump.
Predominantly mottled with each individual feather
showing sharp contrast from buff to very dark brown
and has buff cheeks, eyebrow, throat and neck with
a darker crown and eye-stripe.
Both male and female mallards have distinct
iridescent purple blue speculum feathers edged with white.
10-12. Pale green.