Grey Teals


Grey Teal, Anas gracilis


Grey Teal The Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) is a dabbling duck found in open wetlands in New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

This is a gregarious species. In Australia it is nomadic, rapidly colonising suitable habitat following rain. In 1957, large numbers fled Australia, moving to New Zealand to escape drought.

It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Sunda Teal, as Anas gibberifrons gracilis.



This is a mottled brown duck with white and green flashes on its wings. The male and female Grey Teal share the same coloration, in contrast to the related Chestnut Teal, whose male and female are strikingly different.

The Grey Teal has almost identical coloration to the female Chestnut Teal and the Grey can only be distinguished by its lighter colored neck and paler face.

Juveniles are paler than adults, especially on the head.


Grey Teal, Anas gracilis Nesting / Breeding

The Grey Teal nests near its favoured freshwater lakes and marshes, usually on the ground, but also in tree holes or rabbit burrows.


Call / Vocalization

This is a vocal duck, especially at night. The male gives a soft preep, and the female has a loud quack.



Widespread throughout its large range, the Grey Teal is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Grey Teals



  • BirdLife International (2004). Anas gracilis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  • Wildfowl by Madge and Burn, ISBN 0-7470-2201-1

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Grey Teal, Anas gracilis - looking for food


Diet / Feeding:

Ducks generally feed on larvae and pupae often found under rocks, as well as aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

Feeding Ducks ...

We all enjoy ducks and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!

However, the foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.

Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.

Grey Teal, Anas gracilis - Juvenile

Gray Teal


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