The green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck 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.
Mallards prefer calm, shallow sanctuaries, but can be found in almost any body of freshwater across Asia, Europe, and North America. They’re also found in saltwater and brackish water and are commonly found in wetlands.
Average life span in the wild: 5 to 10 years
Size: 20 to 26 in (50 to 65 cm)
Weight: 2 to 3 lbs (1 to 1.4 kg)
Group name: Sord (in flight)
Did you know? Mallards are thought to be the most abundant duck on Earth.
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