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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

In western counties, widespread and common in vicinity of virtually any low-elevation water source, preferring fresh water. In Kittitas County, common along Columbia River and in open landscapes at middle elevations below lower tree line, principally in Kittitas Valley and near Yakima River. Has adapted to presence of humans, probably increasing since settlement; now breeds routinely in residential and agricultural settings. Records much more scattered in less populated landscapes at higher elevations on both sides of Cascades.