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.
grassland, wetland, marshes, freshwater lakes
The feed mainly on plants, crustaceans and insects
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.
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.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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)