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  Anas platyrhynchos

* The most common duck in North America and the northern hemisphere. Probably the most recognizable of all ducks.

* Tolerant of human presence and will adopt a wide variety of watery habitats such as a back-yard fish pond if allowed, a road-side puddle if it lasts long enough, or a narrow thicket covered stream, as well as open marsh-bordered ponds.

* Mallards feed in shallow water by tipping up and by sieving out plants and seeds through their beaks.

  Photo by Greg Gillson, The Bird Guide, Inc. Photo can be viewed at http://thebirdguide.com/digiscoping/photos/mallard.htm    

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