Grey Teal

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Grey Teal

Anas gracilis


Breeds swiftly after substantial rain at any time of the year. Otherwise the breeding season is from July to November in south-west and south-east Australia. Female builds nest, usually in hollow logs, on the ground or in rabbit holes. Between 6 and 12 eggs are laid. Female incubates and cares for young. Incubation period is between 24 and 26 days.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Duck
Identifying Characteristics

Grows between 42-45 cm tall. Body plumage almost uniformly brown. Each feather has a pale edge. High, rounded crown. Red eye.

Distinctive Markings

Off-white from lower face to neck. Green-black speculum.

Diet

Omnivore. Dry land plants, aquatic plants, seeds, crustaceans, insects and their larvae.

Habitat

Sheltered watered areas including fresh, brackish and salt water. Tend to favour timbered pools and river systems of inland areas.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
The male has a high pitched "peep" or "gderoo". The female has a wild laughing chuckle in addtion to a raucous "quark, quark, quark".
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Family
Anatidae
Genus
Anas
Species
gracilis
Found throughout Australia.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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