Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos
The much-loved mallard is our most familiar duck, found across town and country. Feeding ducks like the mallard is a popular pastime and, for many, a first introduction to the UK's wonderful wildlife.
Average lifespan: 3 years
Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.