The wild mallard is one of the most recognized of all ducks and is the ancestor of several domestic breeds. Its wide range has given rise to several distinct populations. The male mallard's white neck-ring separates the green head from the chestnut-brown chest, contrasts with the gray sides, brownish back, black rump and black upper- and under-tail coverts. The speculum is violet-blue bordered by black and white, and the outer tail feathers are white. The bill is yellow to yellowish-green and the legs and feet are coral-red. Male utters a soft, rasping "kreep." The female mallard is a mottled brownish color and has a violet speculum bordered by black and white. The crown of the head is dark brown with a dark brown stripe running through the eye. The remainder of the head is lighter brown than the upper body. The bill is orange splotched with brown, and the legs and feet are orange. Female is especially vocal with the characteristic series of quacks.
Did you know that the Wild Mallard Duck is the most widely-consumed game bird in the world? Exotic Meat Market doing our part to keep it at the top, and hope you will pitch in. The majority of ducks consumed comes from farms, which is why our wild game bird is such an extraordinary treat. Procured in private weekend hunts organized exclusively for Exotic Meat Market, our wild Mallard ducks from Scotland are available all year long. The taste of wild duck is richer than its domesticated counterpart. That flavor is due to the exercise and diet of the wild birds. Take care when cooking meat this precious; keep it rare and use plenty of fat where you can. And look out for shot.