EURASIAN TEAL

EURASIAN TEAL (Anas crecca)

The Eurasian or common teal is a small dabbling duck. This bird gave its name to the blue-green color ‘teal’. On the bird, the teal color is found on the breeding male, as a large stripe on each side of the head, including the eye. The Eurasian teal is widespread in temperate Eurasia, but only a winter visitor in Japan. It is found in sheltered wetlands, and feeds on plant material such as seeds, also on insects and invertebrates.

Eurasian teal pair - Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Japan
Eurasian teal pair – Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Japan
Eurasian teal pair dabbling in very shallow water. Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.
Eurasian teal pair dabbling in very shallow water. Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.
Eurasian teal pair starting to dabble in tandem. Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.
Eurasian teal pair starting to dabble in tandem. Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.
A group of Eurasian teals resting and self-preening on the edge of the Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.
A group of Eurasian teals resting and self-preening on the edge of the Onda River, Naruse, Machida, Tokyo.

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