How to identify

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 by a broad white stripe over the eye. In flight, it shows a pale blue forewing. It feeds by 'dabbling' – dipping its bill into the water to catch insects. Garganeys are listed as a Schedule 1 species.



Patrik Åberg / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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