|Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
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.
|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.|