Ducks and geese

Mallard

Colorful wild duck

The mallard is known as the common duck. It has a wingspan of 81 to 98 cm and weighs 0.7-1.6 kg. The male has a distinctive green head, white collar, chest mixture with purple tones, while the female is mostly mottled, with lighter areas on the cheeks, neck and chest.

Characteristics

Order:
Anseriformes

Family:
Anatidae

Scientific name:
Anas platyrhynchos

Habitat:
Wetlands

Origin:
North America, Europe, Asia

Current trend:
Increase

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
2-3 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Muscovy Duck

Wild and resourceful

Muscovy duck is a large duck, with mostly black and white feathers. Although it is a tropical bird, it adapts well to colder climates, thriving even in temperatures as low as -12 degrees Celsius. They all have long claws on their feet and a broad, straight tail. Large domestic males often reach a weight of up to 7 kg, and large females up to 4 kg.

Characteristics

Order:
Anseriformes

Family:
Anatidae

Scientific name:
Cairina moschata

Habitat:
Wetlands

Origin:
South America

Current trend:
Decrease

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
5-10 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Swan Goose

Elegant and graceful

The swan goose is large and long-necked compared to other species in its genus. The sexes are similar, although the male is larger. The wings appear dark in flight, without a discernible pattern. The beak of this species is unique because it is completely black, while the legs are orange.

Characteristics

Order:
Anseriformes

Family:
Anatidae

Scientific name:
Anser cygnoides

Habitat:
Wetlands

Origin:
Asia

Current trend:
Decrease

Number of individuals in the world:
36.000-43.500

Lifetime:
10-15 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Greylag Goose

Flight over water and fields

The wild goose has mottled gray and white feathers, an orange beak and pink legs. It is a large bird with a length between 74 and 91 cm and an average weight of 3.3 kg.

Characteristics

Order:
Anseriformes

Family:
Anatidae

Scientific name:
Anser anser

Habitat:
Wetlands

Origin:
Europe and Asia

Current trend:
Increase

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
10-15 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Common Shelduck

A colorful flyer

The Mallard is an impressive bird with a rose-pink bill, white body and dark green head and neck. The sexes are similar, but the female is smaller with some white markings on her face, while the male has a bright red bill with a distinct forehead knot.

Characteristics

Order:
Anseriformes

Family:
Anatidae

Scientific name:
Tadorna tadorna

Habitat:
Lakes, rivers, coasts

Origin:
Europe and Asia

Current trend:
Increase

Number of individuals in the world:
415.000-500.000

Lifetime:
10-15 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

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