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Grey Teal - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Neil Fifer
Sydney, Australia, February 2004
Anas gracilis

Identification

37–47 cm (14½-18½ in)
Adults

  • Light grey-brown
  • Pale grey cheeks, chin, and neck
  • Bill blue-grey
  • Red eye
  • Speculum shiny dark green in flight

Similar Species

Female Chestnut Teal

Distribution

Asia and Australasia: found from New Guinea to Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand

Taxonomy

Ducklings
Photo © by the late Rookery
Te Awanga, New Zealand, October 2014

Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized:

remissa was formerly included in Sunda Teal.

Habitat

Varied, almost any wetlands, from suburban lakes to coastal lagoons also uses temporary floodwaters of interior.

Behaviour

Diet

Their main diet consists of seeds and aquatic vegetation, grass and sedges; supplemented by small invertebrates and insects.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)

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