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Bird name:

Teal

Anas crecca

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

T.

BTO 5

TEAL.

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Teal is a resident and wintering species in many areas. It has an "Amber" status because a fair percentage of the European population of this species winters in the UK.

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Teal: Small duck with dark green stripe on chestnut-brown head. Grey back, wings, and flanks with fine black barring. Pale, buff-brown breast with grey spots. Brown-yellow vent with black stripe and border. Grey wings also have black, green, and yellow-brown. White on underwing. Dark grey bill.


Range and Habitat

Teal: Resident breeder and winter visitor in the UK & Ireland. Birds can be seen all year, but especially in winter. Breeding birds prefer northern moorlands, then move south to lowland wetlands where they are joined by birds from the continent in winter. Habitat includes lakes, ponds, streams and marshes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"KRICK-et", "quack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The scientific name of the Teal translates to "duck that makes cryc", refering to the sound of calls given by the male.
  • The Green-winged Teal of North America is very closely related and was long considered to be a subspecies, many today consider them as two species.
  • A group of teal has many collective nouns, including a "coil", "dopping", "knob", "paddling", or "spring" of teal.

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