Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
Male and female Chestnut Teal, Murramarang NP, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Australia
February / March 2006

The Chestnut Teal is distributed in south-west and south-east Australia including Tasmania. It is found in a variety of wetland habitats from coastal swamps, saltmarshes and estuaries to freshwater marshes and mountain lakes.

Male Chestnut Teal, Murramarang NP, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image The male has a shiny dark green head which can look black in certain lights, scalloped chestnut underparts, a white mark on the flank just ahead of a black crissum and a red eye. The female looks a bit like a Grey Teal A. gracilis but is generally a bit browner and with a darker head. In eclipse plumage, the male looks very like the female.
Male Chestnut Teal, The Coorong, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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