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Duck, Mallard (Anus Platyrhynchos)

A form of wild duck from which domestic ducks were bred. The male, which can grow up to a length of 60cm/2ft, has a green head and brown breast, while the female is a little smaller, and mottled-brown in colour. They are omnivorous, so for culinary purposes, those shot close to the sea can taste "fishy". One duck provides a generous helping for two people.

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