Two mallard ducks on a pond in autumn
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The mallard, also known as the wild duck, is one of the most widespread duck species in the world. With their striking plumage, mallards are easy to recognise. Male mallard ducks, called drakes, are distinguished by their colourful wings and distinctive green head. Female ducks, on the other hand, are an inconspicuous brown. Mallards are versatile birds found in urban parks, lakes and rivers alike. They feed on plants, insects and small fish. Their adaptability and colourful appearance make them a fascinating bird species.