The perils of duck hunting are great –

social media

The perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck.

A Walter Cronkite Quotation

Gadwall (male): Have you seen this bird?

Gadwall (male): Have you seen this bird?

credit +
large image

Gadwall (duck)

The Gadwall (Anas strepera) is a common and widespread duck of the family Anatidae. Its conservation status is Least Concern.

The Gadwall breeds in the northern areas of Europe and Asia, and central North America.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 14.5 inches Wingspan: 35 inches
• Large dabbling duck with steep forehead
• White speculum
• Juvenile similar to adult female

Adult male alternate:
• Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer
• Black bill
• Brown head
• Gray body
• Gray and brown breast, back and upperwing coverts
• Black rump, uppertail coverts and undertail coverts
• White belly

Adult male basic
• Similar to adult female

Adult female:
• Gray bill with orange edges
• Mottled gray, brown and white body plumage
• Distinct white belly patch

Similar species:
Adult male in alternate plumage is unmistakable. All plumages easily identified in flight and occasionally at rest by white speculum. Females and immature at rest can be identified by their steeper head profile than similarly-plumaged Mallards, by the gray bill with orange edges, and by the distinct white belly patch.

The range of this bird appears to be expanding into eastern North America. This dabbling duck is strongly migratory, and winters farther south than its breeding range.

In Great Britain, the Gadwall is a scarce-breeding bird and winter visitor, though its population has increased in recent years.

 

 

The perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck.

A Walter Cronkite Quotation

 

Bird Quotation Popularity Poll

(4 answers max)

  • Quotation: The perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Add any comments below and/or indicate if you spotted this bird.

 

The perils of duck hunting are great- especially for the duck.

Bird Quote Notice
Please submit bird quotes, or your own bird quote. Fill out the Submit form on the menu to submit.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *