Gadwall

Anas strepera (Linnaeus, 1758)

Smaller than a Mallard, Gadwall are pretty little ducks. Males are mostly grey in colour, with a black rear end. Females are mostly brown. Both sexes have a white wing bar, which can be seen in flight.

Gadwall

Identification

Smaller than a Mallard, Gadwall are pretty little ducks. Males are mostly grey in colour, with a black rear end. Females are mostly brown. Both sexes have a white wing bar, which can be seen in flight.

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Sparsely distributed throughout England. In the winter the resident population is boosted by migrant birds from continental Europe.

During the breeding season, Gadwall can be found in shallow, well-vegetated margins of lakes. During the winter months, Gadwall are easier to spot, visiting lakes, reservoirs and coastal wetlands. At Wyek Farm they can be seen on the main lake throughout the year.

Stems, leaves and seeds

Gadwall can be seen year round, with winter numbers supplemented by arrivals from mainland Europe

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
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LATIN NAME

Anas strepera

LENGTH (CM)

48-54

WINGSPAN (CM)

90

WEIGHT (G)

700-830

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

4

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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