Pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), in blue water. Male (front) and Female (back). Early spring thaw - note ice in water. Clipping Path - around birds, excludes water and reflection. The Mallard probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia.