Male - The male Garganey has a brown head and breast, a distinctive broad white stripe or crescent over the brown eye, upperparts are dark brown with pale feather edges, loose black and white scapulars covering the green speculum, light greyish flanks and belly, and grey beak and legs.
Female - The female is brownish with a dark crown and dark eye-stripe. The female Garganey is similar to the female Teal but has a white throat and is paler.
Eclipse - The male in Eclipse plumage is similar to the female but has a more reddish-brown plumage, and the wings retain the breeding colouration.
Size: - Typical Adult is 37-41cm (15-16in).
Food: - Molluscs, crustaceans, aquatic insects, aquatic plants, seeds, and grain.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, marshes, flooded grasslands, and lakes throughout Europe and central Asia. Winters in central Africa, and from Pakistan & India across to southern China, Philippines, Indonesia, and Australasia.
Breeding Season: - From May onwards.
Eggs: - 9 to 10 (creamy-buff colour).
Notes: - The Garganey is a small dabbling duck. It is highly migratory, breeding throughout Europe and central Asia and then flying south to Africa and Australasia during the winter.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.