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Anas platyrhynchos
Duck family (Anatidae)

Medium-sized duck, 3 foot wingspan. Male has an iridescent dark green head, yellow bill, chestnut breast. Female is brown with an orange bill and whitish tail feathers.

Lakes, rivers, ponds.

Nest placed on ground near water. Eggs are pale greenish white. Clutch size – 6 to 11 eggs. Chicks are precocial, downy, leave nest within 24 hours after hatching, fly 8 to 10 weeks after hatching.


Male does not quack; gives rasping “rhaeb rhaeb” call during aggression.  Female gives familiar quacking call.

Name Origin:

The genus name Anas is from the Latin for "duck."  The species name platyrhynchos is from the Greek for "broad bill." 

In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident.