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Birds

Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

Description

The Eurasian or Common Teal has a length of 35 cm, and can weigh between 250-400 g, known as the smallest common duck. Males have a chestnut-coloured head with a green strip going from the eyes to their back, with a white outline under the eyes and from the bill to their nape. Has a cream colour under its tail and a grey body. Females have look very similar to female Mallard’s, but the distinction between them is the size and green and black speculum (inner part of their underwing). In breeding season, which starts around March, Teals’ inhabits sheltered freshwater wetlands with some tall vegetation, such as small lakes and ponds with extensive reedbeds, and in brackish water in the winter.

Habitat

The Teal can inhabit a flexible number of streams and marshes, and in the winter move to shallow freshwaters and estuaries.

Diet

The Teal feed primarily on vegetable, including seeds in the winter, and consume some aquatic invertebrates, such as crustaceans, insects and worms in the summer.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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