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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

2. A Pair of Mallard
(Anas platyrhyncha)

2. A Pair of Mallard

The Mallard or Wild Duck is probably the best known of our smaller water fowl, and it has the distinction of being the ancestor of the Aylesbury, Runner and such breeds of domestic ducks. Token of their ancestry will be seen in the curly tail feathers of the drakes. These smart and saucy tail feathers are the unique distinction of the mallard, who is indeed a lovely little fellow, what with his bottle-green head, white collar, chestnut breast, grey flanks, brownish back and remarkable tail.