Credit Elizabeth Dack 1/5
Male teal by Elizabeth Dack 2/5
Male teal by Elizabeth Dack 3/5
Credit Colin Eve 4/5
Female teal by David Savory 5/5

Teal Anas crecca

Common and pretty dabbling ducks, teal can be seen all year round, but gather in large numbers in winter on flooded gravel pits, reservoirs and floodplain meadows. Many of these birds are migrants from the cold climes of North Western Europe. Look for them feeding in shallow water, filtering it for seeds, pondweed, fly larvae and snails.

Conservation status

Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.

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Did you know?

Collectively, a group of teal is known as a 'spring' because of the way they can take-off suddenly and vertically, as if they have jumped straight off the ground!

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