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.