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A very well-known member of the duck family, Mallards are well-established all over the UK. Males have a chestnut coloured chest, a metallic green head and bright yellow bill. Females are brown all over, with cream and dark streaks and a brown-orange bill.

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Found across ponds, lakes, riverbanks and canals, Mallards can often be found in groups and pairs. During the winter, Mallards moult after breeding which can last 4-5 weeks. During this time, males 'eclipse' - meaning their feathers darken and resemble the plumage of a female with a more yellow bill.