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:-
460mm to 560mm (18" to 22")
Appearance - Male
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 - Female
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.
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.