Brehm , disputed. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The male birds drakes have a glossy green head and are grey on their wings and belly, while the females hens or ducks have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black or iridescent blue feathers called a speculum on their wings; males especially tend to have blue speculum feathers. The mallard is 50—65 cm 20—26 in long, of which the body makes up around two-thirds the length. The wingspan is 81—98 cm 32—39 in and the bill is 4.
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Feeding your duck a complete and balanced diet is essential to ensure they live a long and happy life. Ducks should be fed a commercially prepared age appropriate food as their main diet. Ducks should be provided with suitable vegetables and fruits to supplement the commercial diet. Zucchini, peas, leafy greens, corn, vegetable peels, non-citrus fruit and worms are suitable. Duck starter crumbles are ideal.