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