Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide


Anas platyrhynchos
Wildfowl (Ducks)
Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus:  Anas

Species: A. platyrhynchos
Note the distinctive blue speculum edged with white and the green head.

The male Mallard has a metallic green head, white neck collar and a mostly grey body. In flight it has a distinctive dark blue speculum.

Adult Male
Mallard distribution
Winter visitor
Resident bird
Passage Migrant
Summer visitor
General distribution:
Resident in most of Europe except the North where it tends to move South in cold/hard weather.
Can be found on almost any water including tiny ponds and ditches. Often frequenting parks and boating lakes accepting food from visitors.
The Mallard is a very common duck in Europe often cross breeding with other ducks leading to varied plumage. A dabbling duck and a ancestor of the domestic varieties.; (Modified)
Male and female Mallard in heavy (loud) rain!
Male Mallard flying
Identifying a female Mallard
Identifying a Mallard
Dark tail

*Metallic green head

*Narrow white neck collar

Mostly grey body

* key ID points
Adult Female

The female Mallard is a mostly brown bird with the same distinctive dark blue speculum as the male bird.

Female Mallard; (Modified)
Note the dark eye stripe off this female bird with the blue speculum edged in white.
*Streaked brown crown
* key ID points

Dark blue speculum edged blue in flight

Dark eye stripe