Anas platyrhynchos

Common Names: Mallard, Wild Duck, Manky Mallard
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black speculum feathers which commonly also include iridescent blue feathers especially among males. Most domestic duck species (apart from the Muscovy Duck) are descended from the common Mallard Duck.

While most mallards follow the standard pattern of plumage, there a variations that are commonly referred to as Manky mallards. These ducks are not a separate species or subspecies. Their pattern and plumage color can vary widely and in many cases look nothing at all like the standard mallard.

Mallards are the most common duck in Connecticut. They are found in wetlands, typically on ponds and lakes and near the shore line.

Edible Notes: Duck meat is edible. Farm-raised domestic duck is commonly available in supermarkets in Connecticut and is a good alternative. Duck meat (domestic) is a common dish in Asian restaurants, especially Thai cuisine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.