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Garganey

Spatula querquedula

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Uncommon to fairly common summer migrant from wintering grounds in Africa. Small and often rather unobtrusive duck of wetlands with reedy and other fringing vegetation. Migrants can be on more open water, even tidal mudflats. Associates readily with other ducks, especially teal; feeds mainly by dabbling. Handsome male distinctive, with big white eyebrow on dark brown head, pale gray flanks; pale gray forewing striking in flight. Female very similar to female teal but head pattern more contrasting, with paler eyebrow, darker eyestripe, and unstreaked whitish throat.

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