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Anas platyrhynchos
Photo by www.fnal.gov

Habitat: Lakes, wetlands, rivers, springs, city parks and agricultural areas.

Description: Male: glossy green head, with a white line around its neck.  Yellow bill, chestnut breast, grey body and a white tail.  Female: mottled brown, with an orange and black bill.  Both have orange feet.

Size: 51-71cm long

Diet: seeds of sedges, willows, pondweeds, aquatic invertebrates, larval amphibians, and fish eggs.

Fun Facts: Mallard ducks will breed with domestic birds, or any other duck that catches their eye, not just other mallards!

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Melissa Blue
Lycaeides Melissa

Habitat:  Melissa Blues can be found in southern Alberta, particularly around the Peace River area.  They enjoy sandy places in prairies and parklands.

Description:  The underside of the Melissa Blue is quite dull with an orange or red band running along the outer edge of the hind wing.  The inside of its wings are a different story, revealing a vibrant blue.


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