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  Garganey (Anas querquedula)





Garganey | Anas querquedula photo
Garganey male

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Garganey | Anas querquedula photo
Garganey Anas querquedula in Uppalapadu, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Image by J.M.Garg - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



GARGANEY FACTS

Description
The Garganey is small teal. This duck is a rare visitor to Australia. The male has a dark brown head with a bold white stripe running from above the eye to the back of the head to the neck. The breast is brown and the body is streaked brown with blue grey area on the sides. The female is mottled brown and buff with blue grey shoulder patch.

Size
38cm

Habitat
grassland, wetland, marshes, freshwater lakes

Food
The feed mainly on plants, crustaceans and insects

Breeding
the Garganey lays six to twelve cream or pale olive eggs . The nest is made of plant material and situated on the ground in long grass or under a shrub.

Range
The Garganey breeds in Europe and Asia. It migrates south to Africa and Asia in winter. It is a rare visitor to coastal wetlands in Australia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anas
Species:querquedula
Common Name:Garganey

Relatives in same Genus
  Northern Pintail (A. acuta)
  Chestnut Teal (A. castanea)
  Northern Shoveler (A. clypeata)
  Grey Teal (A. gracilis)
  Mallard (A. platyrhynchos)
  Australasian Shoveler (A. rhynchotis)
  Pacific Black Duck (A. superciliosa)