Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)


Taxonomy

French: Sarcelle australasienne German: Austral-Weißkehlente Spanish: Cerceta gris
Other common names: Australian Grey Teal, Australasian Grey Teal
Taxonomy:

Anas gracilis

Buller

, 1869,

Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand

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Sometimes placed in genus Nettion. Usually treated (along with A. albogularis, which see for specific differentiation) as conspecific with A. gibberifrons, but recent trend to accord it species status#R accepted here on basis of its lack of a bulbous forehead (3); slightly darker crown contrasting more with paler face (1); slightly whiter, less marked chin and throat (1); distinct pattern of downy young, with different head pattern and anterior underparts colour (2)#R. Extinct taxon †remissa of Rennell I, in S Solomons, appears undiagnosable. Monotypic.

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Distribution:

New Guinea, Australia E to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, and New Zealand. Possibly sympatric with A. gibberifrons on islands W of New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

37–47 cm; male 395–670 g, female 350–602 g; wingspan 60–67 cm. Uniform grey with indistinct scaling or mottling formed by pale fringes to feathers,... read more

Voice

Repertoire generally seems identical to that of A. castanea; males possess range of soft,... read more

Habitat

Highly adaptable to all types of wetlands, with shallow, fresh, brackish or saline waters; often on... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic and shoreline vegetation, grasses and sedges; also small aquatic invertebrates (insects and their... read more

Breeding

Season variable, depending on locality and water levels: in Australia, mainly nests Jun–Feb in S (May–Jan in SE Western Australia), later... read more

Movements

Mostly sedentary but certain populations subject to much wandering during dry season; a recent... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Only subspecies on small islands threatened: remissa was only known on one lagoon in Rennell I and has recently become... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Grey Teal (Anas gracilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/467123 on 22 October 2017).