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garganey teal, cricket teal, summer teal
(kind of duck)
Garganey teal drakes have a head with a blackish-brown top portion, a white blaze extending from above the eye to the back of the neck and brownish red on the rest of the head except for a black chin. The breast and back are brown barred with white and the belly white. The bill is dark gray and the legs a blue-gray.
Hens are much duller in color when compared to the males.
Approximately 35 cm (14 in)
316-502 g (11-18 oz)
Approximately 25-26 days
Approximately 1-2 years
Averages 20-30 years
Found in Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia - including India & Indonesia
Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
Teals are good swimmers and divers. However, they rarely dive for food. Rather they dive to hide from a predator.
Teals have one of the most elaborate mating dances of all
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
The garganey teal is fairly common throughout its range.
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