Grey Teal (species: Anas (Anas) gracilis) in Cocoparra NP (Gaia Guide)
Anas (Anas) gracilis
Grey Teal

©Leo: Grey Teal (Anas (Anas) gracilis)

©Eric de Leeuw: Grey Teal (Anas (Anas) gracilis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae
Genus Anas
Species Anas (Anas) gracilis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

This is a mottled brown duck with white and green flashes on its wings. The male and female Grey Teal share the same colouration, in contrast to the related Chestnut Teal, whose male and female are strikingly different. The Grey Teal has almost identical colouration to the female Chestnut Teal and the Grey can only be distinguished by its lighter coloured neck and paler face. Juveniles are paler than adults, especially on the head. (Wikipedia)


  • From 37 cm to 48 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Mature adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are found in open wetlands in New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The Grey Teal nests near its favoured freshwater lakes and marshes, usually on the ground, but also in tree holes or rabbit burrows. ����(Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: common

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.