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Conservation status: Amber

The garganey is a scarce and very secretive breeding duck in the UK. It is smaller than a mallard and slightly bigger than a teal. The male is most easily recognised with a broad white stripe over the eye. In flight it shows a pale blue forewing. It feeds by 'dabbling'.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Anas querquedula

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

Mostly found in central and southern England. It favours shallow wetlands, with flooded meadows and ditches, and plenty of aquatic vegetation - this can make it difficult to see.

When to see them

Breeding birds arrive from March and return from July. Small numbers of non-breeding birds visit on passage migration in spring and autumn.

What they eat

Plant material and insects.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-14-93 pairs--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
Scattered across England, Wales and S Scotland.

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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