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Gadwall


Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds)      Order: Anseriformes      Family: Anatidae

Gadwall
Gadwall (Anas strepera) - image © Rajiv Lather
 

Gadwall (Anas strepera) is a common winter visitor in India. Gadwall generally prefers freshwater reedy marshes, jheels and water bodies. Gregarious, and keeps near emergent vegetation.

Identification: Body generally dark brown and grey; tail velvety-black, chestnut patch with the black-and-white speculum.

Size: 50 cm   Local names: Myla, Bhuar, Beykhur

Food: seeds, shoots, tubers, weeds, grain and less commonly insects, worms, molluscs

 


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