The green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a familiar sight to many people living in the Northern hemisphere. In fact, the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide-ranging duck on Earth.


  • Where to see them: Asia, Europe, and North America
  • Average life span in the wild: 5 to 10 yrs
  • Size: 20 to 26 in
  • Weight: 2 to 3 lbs
  • Habitat: Wetland areas. Bodies of freshwater
  • Diet: Beetles, flies, lepidopterans, dragonflies, and caddisflies
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