Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae
Garganey - photo © Rajiv Lather
Garganey (Anas guerguedula) also called Blue-Winged Teal is a common winter visitor in India. These birds are found in the wetlands.
Identification: The male can easily be identified by its prominent sweeping white eye stripe. Size: 40 cm
Local names: Chaita, Khira Food: mainly vegetable matter, seeds, shoots, grasses, wild rice also worms molluscs and insects