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Bird Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)

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Scientific Name: Anas castanea

Common Name: Chestnut Teal

Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: South-western and south-eastern Australia. In the east, it is found from Rockhampton, Queensland to Ceduna, South Australia, being most common in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Habitat: wetlands and estuaries in coastal regions, and is one of the few ducks able to tolerate high salinity waters, although it still needs fresh water for drinking.

Field Notes: small dabbling duck with a high forehead and rounded head. Males are distinctive, having a glossy green head, chestnut brown neck, breast and flanks, dark brown upper body and wings, and a black undertail with contrasting white patch. Females are mottled dark brown and grey, with a pale throat streaked brown and a dark eye stripe. In both sexes the eye is a deep red, the bill is blue-grey and the legs and feet are green-grey. The wings have a dark glossy green to purple speculum (panel) edged white and the underwing is brown, with white wing pits.
http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Anas-castanea

Photo Auscraft 2011, Brisbane

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