Garganey

Anas querquedula

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

GARG

Code 6

ANAQUE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Garganey is classified as Least Concern. The previous rating for the Garganey was Lower Risk, but was updated to Least Concern in 2004. The range of the Garganey is considered to be large, reaching up to 10 million square kilometers. The population of this bird is also fairly significant and could include as many as almost 5 million birds. The Garganey is native to dozens of countries throughout the world. The population of the Garganey has not shown any signs of decrease in the last several generations, resulting in the current Least Concern rating.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Garganey: Small dabbling duck with black-streaked, gray upperparts, chestnut-brown mottled face and breast, pale gray flanks. White stripe above eye, running down neck is highly visible. Wings have pale blue shoulder patches and dark green speculum with white borders visible in flight.


Range and Habitat

Garganey: Native of Eurasia; breeds locally from Britain and France to central Europe, north to southern Sweden and more continuously from Eastern Europe into Russia. Regular migrant in west and central Aleutians and other Alaskan islands. Casual elsewhere across North America. Preferred habitats include shallow freshwater lakes and marshes with abundant marginal vegetation.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Garganey was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name.
  • These birds feed mainly by skimming rather than upending.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Garganey

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
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