Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Bird of the Week: mallard
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