Appearance: - The Grey Teal has a grey-brown plumage, the crown is dark brown with lighter speckles, a whitish throat and chin, bright red eyes, a grey beak, upperparts and underparts have dark brown feathers edged with a buff colour, the rump and tail are dark brown, the wings are grey-brown with glossy green and black secondaries bordered by white feathers and a large white patch on the underwings, and the legs and feet are grey. Both sexes are similar.
Size: - Typical Adult is 42-44cm (16-17in).
Food: - Aquatic and shoreline vegetation, grasses, crustaceans, insects and larvae.
Habitat/Range: - Open wetlands, marshes, freshwater or brackish lakes, pools and rivers throughout Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. During drought, these ducks travel great distances in search of water.
Breeding Season: - Usually August to December but varies considerably depending on available waterways and food.
Eggs: - 7 to 10 (creamy-white colour).
Notes: - The Grey Teal is an Australasian dabbling duck. In Australia it is nomadic as it searches for available water particularly during a drought. The Grey Teal can be mistaken for the female Chestnut Teal.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.