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Mallard Duck - Canard Colvert | by Michel Arel
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Mallard Duck - Canard Colvert

Female Mallard duck. The Mallard Duck is the most common of the North American Ducks. The male has a bright green head, white neck band, rusty breast, pale grey body and a violet blue speculum bordered in white. He has black central tail feathers which curl up (“Duck Tail”). His beak is yellow and his legs are orange. The female Mallard is a mottled brown with a dark line through the eye. Like the male, she also has a violet blue speculum bordered in white. However, she has a white tail and her beak is orange mottled with brown. Her legs and feet are orange. Juvenile Mallards and eclipse males resemble the female.

 

Le Canard colvert niche partout en Europe, en Asie, en Amérique du Nord et même en Australie. Au Québec, il est particulièrement répandu dans les basses terres et au sud du Saint-Laurent, de même que dans la vallée de la rivière des Outaouais. Il nidifie aussi couramment dans les secteurs agricoles, de la Gaspésie jusqu'à la ceinture d'argile de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, sur l'île d'Anticosti, aux Îles-de-la-Madeleine, dans les secteurs côtiers de la Gaspésie et sur la Côte-Nord.

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Taken on November 8, 2011