The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is the most common species among ducks that frequent the Venice lagoon. It nests here with some thousands of couples and virtually colonizes all the habitats of the lagoon ecosystem.
The Mallard sees increasing its lagoon populations during the winter with the arrival of specimens from northern Europe.
The origin of the migratories probably gave the nickname dialect with which the male Mallard is called: ‘mazorìn‘, in fact, seems derived from ‘Masurin’, which means ‘coming from the Masurian Lakes’.
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