Chestnut teal

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Chestnut teal
Male chestnut teal.jpg
Male
Female Chestnut Teal duck.jpg
Female
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. castanea
Binomial name
Anas castanea
(Eyton, 1838)

The chestnut teal (Anas castanea) is a dabbling duck found in southern Australia. It is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Description[edit]

The chestnut teal is darker and a slightly bigger bird than the grey teal.[2]

The male has a distinctive green coloured head and mottled brown body. The female has a brown head and mottled brown body. The female is almost identical in appearance to the grey teal.

The female chestnut teal has a loud penetrating "laughing" quack repeated rapidly nine times or more.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

female and 6 ducklings including 2 albino, Tasmania

The chestnut teal is commonly distributed in south-eastern and south-western Australia, while vagrants may occur elsewhere. Tasmania and southern Victoria are the species’ stronghold,[2] while vagrants can be found as far north as New Guinea and Lord Howe Island.[3]

The chestnut teal prefers coastal estuaries and wetlands, and is indifferent to salinity. This bird is an omnivore.

Breeding[edit]

Chestnut teals form monogamous pairs that stay together outside the breeding season, defend the nest site and look after the young when hatched. Nests are usually located over water, in a down-lined tree hollow about 6–10 m high. Sometimes nests are placed on the ground, among clumps of grass near water. The young hatch and are ready to swim and walk within a day.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Anas castanea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chestnut Teal". Recreation and Tourism. Department of Sustainability and Environment. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Chestnut Teal". Birds in Backyards. Retrieved 27 January 2012.