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Bird name:

Garganey

Anas querquedula

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

GY

BTO 5

GARGA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Garganey breeds in England, and has an "Amber" status because of recent declines in its small breeding population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Garganey: Small duck not much larger than Teal. Brown, grey, and black above, light grey and brown below with fine black barring. Brown head has long, white eyebrow. Upperwings mostly pale grey with two white bars and dark green patch on secondaries in flight. Dark grey bill.


Range and Habitat

Garganey: Scarce summer breeder. Found in Britain primarily along east coast of England, and on coastlines between England and Scotland. Breeds on lakes, reedbeds, and wetlands including flooded fields and meadows. Visible on passage between England and winter grounds in Africa.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Male display call is a dry rattle and burp, female gives a soft quack.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Garganey are rare breeding birds in the British Isles. Most of the birds breed in quiet marshes in Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • It 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 like other related birds.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "daggle", "flock", "paddling", and a "wadddling" of ducks.

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