Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Auckland Teal (Anas aucklandica)


French: Sarcelle des Auckland German: Aucklandente Spanish: Cerceta de las Auckland

Nesonetta aucklandica

G. R. Gray

, 1844,

Auckland Islands


Sometimes placed in genus Nettion. Commonly treated as conspecific with A. chlorotis and A. nesiotis (see under those species), and relationship clearly very close, but specific status for each#R accepted here. Monotypic.


Islets off Auckland Is (Ewing, Enderby, Rose, Ocean, Adams, Disappointment and Dundas); formerly Auckland I.

Descriptive notes

36–48 cm; 500–620 g, female 409–560 g. Small, short-winged and flightless, dark brown duck with broadly similar plumage to that of A. chlorotis and... read more


Calls are apparently identical to those of A. chlorotis and A. nesiotis.


Primarily inhabits sheltered coastlines and uses dense coastal vegetation for escape and cover;... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly aquatic invertebrates (insects and their larvae, crustaceans, molluscs): feeds mostly in washed-up seaweed searching for... read more


Mainly late Oct–Apr. Monogamous and single-brooded; male defends breeding territory, which on Ewing I, in Auckland group, typically... read more


Sedentary and flightless.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Occurs on seven islands (Ewing, Enderby, Rose, Ocean, Adams, Disappointment and Dundas) in Aucklands Group, with reported population estimates of variously more... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Auckland Teal (Anas aucklandica). 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 on 11 December 2019).