(Anas Strepera)
Freckled Duck                  Garganey

Tundra Zone - Slimbridge
The Gadwall can be found in the Tundra Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
Iceland, British Isles, Southern Sweden and Denmark, Spain, Central Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Northern China. Also the Great Plains of North Western America.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter south to the Mediterranean, North Africa, India, Burma, China and Japan. Also winter south to central Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica.

Conservation Status

460mm to 560mm (18" to 22")

Appearance - Drake
The male has a Light Brown/Grey Head with a darker crown, a Black bill and Brown eyes and a scalloped Grey Black breast. The flanks are patterned grey, with a black rear end, light chestnut wings and a brilliant white speculum. The belly and vent are Whitish and the legs and feet are Orange Yellow.

Appearance - Duck
The female has mostly Brown/Light Brown scalloped plumage, Whitish belly, throat and chin, White speculum and Dark Orange Legs and feet.

Wetlands, Lakes, Wet Grassland, Marshes and Streams.

Aquatic Plants. Stems, Leaves, Grain, Molluscs and Aquatic Insects.

Breeding Time
May to June.

The Gadwalls nest is built on the ground and lined with feathers, usually some distance from water.

Quantity: 8 to 12.
Colour: Pale Buff.

Slimbridge Wildfowl G - L
Gadwall (Anas Strepera)
Garganey (Anas Querquedula)
Goldeneye (Bucephala Clangula)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Roseus)
Greater Scaup (Aythya Marila)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica Regulorum)
Greylag Goose (Anser Anser)
Hardhead (Aythya Australis)
Hawaiian Goose (Nene) (Branta Sandvicensis)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)
James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus Jamesi)
Laysan Duck (Anas Laysanensis)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Minor)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya Affinis)
Lesser White-Fronted Goose (Anser Erythropus)
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Freckled Duck                  Garganey
©Nigel Key Gadwall (Slimbridge March 2012)

The Gadwall is a dabbling Duck of the genus Anas, of which the closest relative is the Falcated Duck.

The female Gadwall ressembles the female Mallard but can be distinguished by the dark Orange-edged bill, smaller size and the White speculum and belly.

   Hear the Gadwall's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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Male 26/05/12
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Female 23/11/13
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Male 24/03/12
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Male 24/03/12
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Male 25/03/11
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Male 25/03/11
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