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Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

One of the most common ducks in the northern hemisphere, this duck can also be found in southwestern Australia. No doubt, these are the most recognizable ducks in the world. Most domesticated ducks can trace their ancestry to this bird.

Vocally, it is easy to distinguish the hen from the drake. Males offer a quiet “wak-wak-wak-wak” sound, while the females issue those loud, raucous, almost angry sounding “WAAACK-WACK-WACK-Wack-wack” calls most of us hear. Perhaps she *is* angry. She is the only member of the breeding pair to take responsibility to raise the babies.

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