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Birds

Garganey (Spatuala querquedula)

Description

The Garganey has a length of 38cm, weighing 300-440g. It is almost as small as a Teal! Males have a whitish stripe from their eyes to their nape, and a pale silver-bluish pattern on their inner wing in flight. Females look like Teals, though have a whitish patch on their throat, and no obvious red markings.The male has a distinctive crackling mating call, whereas the female is rather silent, with a feeble quack.

Habitat

The Garganey usually lives around shallow Freshwater marshes.

Diet

Garganey usually feed on plant and animal material. They feed mainly by skimming rather than upending.

Protection Status 

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

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