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A mallard lands on Burnaby Lake, which comprises a 300 hectare nature reserve on the outskirts of Vancouver. The park is surrounded by motorways and urbanity, yet is home to beavers, geese, ducks, and other waterfowl.

The mallard is the most common duck found in North America. The male is distinguished with a green head and gray or brownish white feathers. The female is brown and white. Mallards are omnivorous and eat seeds, mollusks, insects, small fish, tadpoles, fish eggs, and frogs. Their average life expectancy is about two years, although some live as long as sixteen years.

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