|BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)
The male Mallard is a familiar sight in our area with his green head and white ring around his neck.
The female is more of a drab brown, helping it to blend in with the vegetation while setting on eggs
or caring for young in the brush on the sides of lakes and ponds. Mallards are year-round residents
in our area, often settling on park ponds where it thrives on handouts from people.
Mallards eat mainly aquatic vegetation and insects, tipping their body in the water to graze. Ducks,
such as the Mallard, that feed by tipping their body in the water rather that diving under the water
are called dabbling ducks.
The Mallard is the ancestor of many domestic ducks.
A male Mallard Duck.
A female Mallard Duck