The mallard is a medium-sized waterfowl species although is often slightly heavier than most other dabbling ducks. This duck belongs to thesubfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The male birds have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are gregarious. This species is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic ducks.
Found in North Africa, North America, New Zealand, Australia and Asia.