Teal

Anas crecca (Linnaeus, 1758)

The teal is our smallest duck. Males are grey, with a speckled breast, a yellow-and-black tail, a chestnut-coloured head and a bright green eye patch. Females are mainly mottled brown, but both sexes show a bright green wing patch in flight. (wildlife trusts)

Teal

Identification

The teal is our smallest duck. Males are grey, with a speckled breast, a yellow-and-black tail, a chestnut-coloured head and a bright green eye patch. Females are mainly mottled brown, but both sexes show a bright green wing patch in flight. (wildlife trusts)

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Widespread across the UK in small numbers, but they are best seen in good numbers in winter on wetlands, both coastal and inland.

Wetlands

Seeds and small invertebrates.

They can be seen all year round, but are more common in winter, when birds from northern Europe migrate south.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
LATIN NAME

Anas crecca

LENGTH (CM)

34-38

WINGSPAN (CM)

58-64

WEIGHT (G)

240-360

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

3

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

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