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Wild Duck (pato-real)

30 Oct

Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos

Parque da Cidade (Oporto – Portugal)

Pato-real – Parque da Cidade

The Mallard, or Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia.

The male birds have a bright green head, while the female’s is light brown. The mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious. It is also migratory. The mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and can interbreed with other species of genus Anas.This interbreeding is causing rarer species of ducks to become genetically diluted.

O pato-real (Anas platyrhynchos) é uma ave anseriforme que habita áreas temperadas e sub-tropicais das Américas, Europa e Ásia. A espécie tem forte dimorfismo sexual, tendo os machos uma cabeça de cor verde muito característica. É o antecessor da maioria dos patos domesticados actuais.

 

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One response to “Wild Duck (pato-real)

  1. Sandra Freitas

    30 de October de 2010 at 19:23

    Muito boa. Adoro estes patos, o contraste da cor da cabeça com o cinzento do corpo permite fotos espectaculares.

     

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