The mallard (/ˈmælɑːrd/ or /ˈmælərd/) or wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, the Falkland Islands and South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae.



The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black speculum feathers which commonly also include iridescent blue feathers especially among males. Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are social animals preferring to congregate in groups or flocks of varying sizes. This species is the main ancestor of most breeds of domesticated ducks.
Mallard
Date Location Count
2020-01-17 15:51Tippecanoe Lake3
2020-01-26 10:31Ashburn Lake3
2020-01-26 12:30Bles Park2
2020-01-17 13:07Loudoun Water Authority1
2020-01-20 13:34Verizon ponds (Ashburn)2
2020-01-24 09:30Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park31
2020-01-20 10:17Broadlands Wetlands Nature Preserve23
2020-01-26 10:53Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary (private)47
2020-01-26 09:03C&O Canal--Sycamore Landing2
2020-01-23 10:16Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park4
2020-01-21 13:12Beaverdam Creek Reservoir150
2020-01-14 15:09Claude Moore Park6
2020-01-26 11:54National Recreation and Park Association2
2020-01-25 17:11Creighton Road Pond7
2020-01-23 12:15Algonkian Regional Park23
2020-01-24 10:07Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park2
2020-01-24 07:45Algonkian Nature Preserve--Sanctuary Trail3
2020-01-21 12:28Olde Izaak Walton Park9
2020-01-24 08:39C&O Canal--Riley's Lock6
2020-01-18 13:17Frying Pan Farm Park13
2020-01-13 09:17Rust Nature Sanctuary2
2020-01-13 10:59Seneca Trailhead Park/Seneca Tract7
2020-01-20 10:10Middlesex Drive pond6
2020-01-26 07:05C&O Canal--Violette's Lock7
2020-01-24 16:12Lake Newport5
2020-01-24 08:00Sully Woodlands6
2020-01-20 12:30Lake Fairfax Park16
2020-01-25 14:56C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock10
2020-01-26 11:04Cub Run Stream Valley Park (South)4
2020-01-21 13:53Black Hill RP--Little Seneca Lake, Rte.1212
2020-01-26 07:47Great Falls Park3
2020-01-20 09:30Riverbend Park6
2020-01-24 10:19Black Hill Regional Park6
2020-01-25 11:41Black Hill RP--Ten Mile Creek area, trails and lake1
2020-01-26 09:30C&O Canal--Swains Lock2
2020-01-23 09:30C&O Canal--Great Falls4
2020-01-26 13:58Black Hill RP--Boat Ramp area12
2020-01-15 09:30Black Hill RP--Crystal Rock Trail20
2020-01-24 12:25Lake Churchill, Germantown5
2020-01-20 08:50Seneca Creek SP--Clopper Lake2
2020-01-15 15:40Darnestown Rd. ponds2
2020-01-25 14:02Gunners Lake7