Mallard

Mallard
Photo: Keith Sutton

Male mallards have a green head, white neck-ring, white tail, chestnut breast, grayish body and yellow bill. Females are mottled brown with a whitish tail and mottled orange bill. The speculum on both sexes is metallic violet-blue with conspicuous white borders in front and back.

Look for the dark head, white neck ring and contrasting dark chest and light belly on flying drakes. Both drake and hen exhibit the white-bordered speculum. The wingbeat is much slower than in most ducks. Flocks often are large.

Mallard Key Field Marks

Large dabbling duck with silvery-white wing linings and a bluish speculum with a white bar along both leading and trailing edges.

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