grey teal

These ducks breed only in Australia and New Zealand. According to Heather and Robertson, in New Zealand they were rare until the 1950s when several irruptions from Australia occurred. With some encouragement with nestings boxes, the population radily increased.

However, Sir Walter Lawry Buller reported in 1879 that the grey teal was plentiful in Lake Rotomahana in the Bay of Plenty but that was before the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886.

Taxonomy
Kingdom:
Animalia.
Phylum:
Chordata.
Class:
Aves.
Order:
Anseriformes.
Family:
Anatidae.
Genera:
Anas.
Species:
gracilis.
Sub Species:

Other common names:  — 

Anas gibberifrons gracilis.

Description:  — 

Native bird

43 cm., males 525 g., females 425 g., light brown with pale grey cheeks chin and foreneck, bill blue grey, eye red, speculum blue-green with prominent white triangle in flight.

Where to find:  — 

Common in shallow coastal lakes and lagoons South Auckland and northern Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wairarapa and eastern South Island from Marlborough to Southland.

Illustration description: — 

 

Proceedings of the Zoological Society, 1882.

Reference(s): — 

 

Heather, B., & Robertson, H., Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand, 2000.

Oliver, W.R.B. New Zealand Birds, 1955.

Buller, Walter Lawry, Birds of New Zealand, 1888.

Page date & version: — 

 

Thursday, 5 June 2014; ver2009v1

 
 
 

©  2005    Narena Olliver,    new zealand birds limited,     Greytown, New Zealand.