Adult male Mallard (subspecies A. p. platyrhynchos) at Geddington, Northants - April 2010
Local Name (Japan): Ma-gamo (マガモ) - "True Wildduck"
The mallard is almost certainly the most recognisable duck in the UK, if not much of the wider world, and is also the most common. It can be found on many rivers, ponds, lakes and assorted other bodies of water - it also is likely to be easily bribed to very close views by use of feed if in a public sort of location where they are used to humans. It is also the genetic base stock of almost all domestic ducks, and as such you will likely also encounter a lot of "muddy mallards" - ones where various domestic breeds have bred together producing some fairly variable result.
Subspecies: A. p. platyrhynchos, A. p. conboschas, A. p. diazi
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Locally abundant breeding resident (61,000-146,000 pairs) and common Winter visitor (719,000 birds)
- Birds seen at sites including but not limited to Rutland Water, Rainham Marshes, Regent's Park, Kensington Gardens, Pitsford Reservoir, Ditchford Gravel Pits, Eyebrook Reservoir and Geddington.
JAPAN - A fairly common resident.
- KYOTO 2013 TRIP: A few seen on the Kamo River in Central Kyoto.