Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bird of the Week: mallard

Anas: Latin for "a duck." Duck family.
platyrhynchos: From Greek platys = flat, wide + rhynchos = bill, beak, nose. "Broad-billed" describes the large beak.
Common name: Mallard, derived from Old French and Old English malard = drake; anglicized to "mallard"
Other names: common wild duck, curly-tail, green-head

The Scientific Nomenclature of Birds in the Upper Midwest, by James Sandrock & Jean C. Prior

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