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Mallard ducks, Anas ...........  

Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos
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Subgenus: Anas - dabbling ducks - mallards

Anas platyrhynchos Stokkand Mallard w
Anas strepera Snadderand Gadwall eu-as-am

Anas poecilorhyncha Flekknebband (Indian) Spot-billed Duck as

Anas luzonica Filippinerand Philippine Duck as

Anas falcata Sibirand Falcated Duck as
Anas querquedula Knekkand Garganey eu-as

Anas formosa Gulkinnand, Baikal Teal, Bimaculate Duck, or Squawk Duck as

Anas is a genus of dabbling ducks. It includes mallards, wigeons, teals, pintails and shovelers in a number of subgenera.

Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos  

Ducks coupling - and then there will eggs...

No, it isn't just easy to get the birds doing what you wish them to do...:

See what I mean? First try, the female was down under,
second try, once again the female, third try - now the male...

but I finally got them both.

ARKive video - Female mallard with ducklings
Female mallard with ducklings
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Knekkand, Anas querquedula

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The Garganey, Anas querquedula, is a small dabbling duck. It breeds in much of Europe and western Asia, but is strictly
migratory, with the entire population moving to southern Africa, India (in particular) Santragachi and Australasia in winter,
where large flocks can occur. This species was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 under its current scientific name.
Like other small ducks such as the Common Teal, this species rises easily from the water with a fast twisting
wader-like flight.

Their breeding habitat is grassland adjacent to shallow marshes and steppe lakes.

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The adult male is unmistakable, with its brown head and breast with a broad white crescent over the eye.
The rest of the plumage is grey, with loose grey scapular feathers It has a grey bill and legs.
In flight it shows a pale blue speculum with a white border. When swimming it will show prominent white edges on its
tertials. His crown (anatomy) is dark and face is reddish-brown.

Some care is needed in separating the brown female from the similar Common Teal, but the stronger face markings and
more frequent head-shaking when dabbling are good indicators. Confusion with the female of the Blue-winged Teal is
also possible, but the head and bill shape is different, and the latter species has yellow legs. Pale eyebrow, dark eye line,
pale lore spot bordered by a second dark line.

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These birds feed mainly by skimming rather than upending.

The male has a distinctive crackling mating call; the female is rather silent for a female duck, but can manage a feeble quack.

Garganey are rare breeding birds in the British Isles, with most breeding in quiet marshes in Norfolk and Suffolk.
In Ireland a few pairs now breed annually in Wexford.


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