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Mallard

The male is instantly recognisable but the female is a dull speckly brown, like many ducks.

Many farmyard ducks are descended from Mallards.

The Mallard is a large duck, with a fairly large bill but please note the purple speculum – the shiny patch on the wing.

Mallard’s are powerful strong flyers and also what we call a dabbling duck – a duck which feeds by dipping their beak beneath the surface.

Eats seeds, acorns, plants, berries, insects, and shellfish.

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The male is instantly recognisable but the female is a dull speckly brown, like many ducks.

Many farmyard ducks are descended from Mallards.

The Mallard is a large duck, with a fairly large bill but please note the purple speculum – the shiny patch on the wing.

Mallard’s are powerful strong flyers and also what we call a dabbling duck – a duck which feeds by dipping their beak beneath the surface.

Eats seeds, acorns, plants, berries, insects, and shellfish.