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Anas platyrhynchos (Common Mallard) is a species of birds in the family Anatidae. They are associated with freshwater habitat. They are native to Oman, Canada, Yemen, Austria, Algeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Netherlands Antilles, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands, The Bahamas, China, The Nearctic, Nicaragua, Qatar, Germany, Switzerland, Jordan, Macedonia, San Marino, Trinidad And Tobago, Iraq, Czech Republic, Nepal, Aruba, Libya, Taiwan, Bahrain, Haiti, Hungary, Colombia, Panama, Afghanistan, Norway, United Kingdom, Falkland Islands, Estonia, Luxembourg, Mongolia, The Neotropics, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Turks And Caicos Islands, Spain, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Cuba, Russia, Bermuda, Bangladesh, Ireland, Japan, Montenegro, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Andorra, Finland, Malta, Greenland, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Cyprus, Australia, Honduras, the Palearctic, United States, The Philippines, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Israel, Guam, Sudan, Ethiopia, Turkey, Greece, Guatemala, Asia, The Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Lithuania, India, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Belize, Saint-Pierre Et Miquelon, Poland, Sweden, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Romania, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, South Korea, Serbia, Iceland, Iran, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, North Korea, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt, Portugal, Somalia, Tajikistan, Eritrea, Moldova, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Syria, Bhutan, Italy, Mexico, Belarus, Croatia, and Mauritania. They are diurnal omnivores. Individuals can grow to 98 cm. They have parental care (female provides care). They rely on drag powered swimming and flight to move around.

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  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/drag_based_swimming
  • Definition: Drag swimmers use a cyclic motion where they push water back in a power stroke, and return their limb forward in the return or recovery stroke. When they push water directly backwards, this moves their body forward, but as they return their limbs to the starting position, they push water forward, which will thus pull them back to some degree, and so opposes the direction that the body is heading. This opposing force is called drag. The return-stroke drag causes drag swimmers to employ different strategies than lift swimmers. Reducing drag on the return stroke is essential for optimizing efficiency.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of Common Mallard. View this species on GBIF