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Mallard  - Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

The most common duck in the parks around Montreal. As most lakes are frozen in winter, Mallards migrate South and are seen less frequently during winter.

Common Names

How to Identify

The most common duck species around Montreal. Males can be easily identified because of the greenish color of the head and neck down till the white ring around the neck. Females are more difficult to identify as there are several other species around looking very similar. Watch for the blue patch on the wings. Different to Black duck, the mallard's blue patch is bordered by white stripes.

Where & When to Spot

Can be seen in almost every park with lake or slow flowing river during spring, summer and autumn. In winter, when the lakes and rivers are frozen, the Mallard migrated South.

Mallard Chicks with Mother at Eating

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Rapids Park Lachine - March 16, 2019

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;
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Maillard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Maillard (Anas platyrhynchos)

A male chasing away another male, away from the female.

Park Mont-Royal - May 03, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 400;
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