The Mallard or Wild Duck is a hugely populous breed across most of the world and is the ancestor of most breeds of domestic duck. It breeds in the wild in Europe, Asia, the America, Africa and Australasia. The mallard is very prosperous breed across all the UK and it is a dabbling duck so will always
The male (drake) and female Mallard look very different, the male having a distinctive glossy green head, brown breast and grey wings. The female is much more dour in appearance, with a consistent light brown, dark brown, speckled plumage covering the head, wings and body. Mallards are compatible with many other breeds of duck and will happily breed with them if a suitable mate from their species cannot be found. This results in many mixed breed hybrids or manky mallards with individual markings.