Anas platyrhynchos

(A. p. platyrhynchos)

Armenian Name: Կռնչան բադ

See Plate 17 for Mallard and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:50-65 cm, Wing Span:81-98 cm
Distribution Map: Map 73.
Description: Male: green head, white neck ring, reddish-brown breast, gray back. Female: brown body mottled and streaked with black; bluish-purple speculum best seen in flight. Bill has variable amounts of orange and black
Similar Species: Females differ from other female ducks by bluish-purple speculum.
Behavior: Commonest duck, often tame.
Habitat: Variety of habitats near water.
Food: Aquatic plants, invertebrates, fish, amphibians.
Nest: Ground scrape or platform of grass and reeds lined with down in marsh or near water.
Eggs: 57 mm, 7-13, grayish-green.