When I hear the word “duck,” the first picture that comes in my mind is the image of a Mallard duck. I think that’s probably because they are so common around here that it’s most likely one of the only species of duck I’ve ever seen anyways.
Mallard ducks are a type of “dabbling duck.” No, this doesn’t mean that they like to try things out from a safe distance without committing, it means they are surface feeders rather than divers. You can find them in just about any wetland area. One of the more familiar trait of the Mallard is the unnaturally shiny green head of the males. It’s almost metallic looking and is even set apart by a nice white collar. The ducks you see in these pictures were found at Eden Park in Mt. Adams. Another distinguishing characteristic is another metallic looking area of color presenting itself as a stipe across the wing. Both male and female Mallards posses this nice piece of flair. They are more than meeting the bare minimum… they like to express themselves (yeah, Office Space references).
Here’s another interesting fact. The Mallard duck is known for interbreeding with other ducks of the same genus (Anas). Big deal right? Well sort of. Because of this interbreeding, they are actually unintentionally working to phase out a lot of the other species of that genus. Another interesting fact is that they ancestor just about all domestic duck varieties and I don’t see that changing if they continue to interbreed.