Common Teal

Anas crecca

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ANACRE

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Teal has a very large range with breeding grounds in much of northern Europe, Iceland, and northern and central Asia east to Japan. It winters in southern Europe, northern and eastern Africa, parts of the Middle East, and southern Asia. Some authorities consider the Green-winged Teal of North America to be con-specific with the Common Teal. This small duck breeds on lakes, ponds, and rivers in forested areas and winters on shallow bays and lakes. The Common Teal is believed to have a population large enough to not warrant its inclusion on the IUCN Red List and is therefore evaluated as Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Common Teal: This small dabbling duck has pale, gray-barred sides and a buff spotted breast. Lacks the white bar down the side that the Green-winged Teal has in North America. The head is chestnut-brown with a green ear patch, the bill is dark gray, and the legs and feet are olive-gray. The speculum is flashy green bordered with brown above and white below. Diet includes seeds, insects and grasses. Flight is often low and erratic.

 

Range and Habitat

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Common Teal SONGS AND CALLS

Common Teal I1

Whistled calls from a small group of males.

Common Teal L1

Male gives high-pitched whistles during displays.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"KRICK-et", "prip, prip", "quack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of teal has many collective nouns, including a "coil", "dopping", "knob", "paddling", and "spring" of teal.
  • It was considered conspecific with the Common Teal for some time, and the issue is still being reviewed by the American Ornithologists' Union.
  • The American and Eurasian forms of the Green-winged Teal were formerly considered different species.
  • This is the smallest North American dabbling duck.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Michael Oberhofer

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Ear patchX
Consists of soft, loose-webbed feathers on the side of the bird's head below and behind the eyes.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
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