Garganey (Anas querquedula)

The Garganey (Anas querquedula) is a small dabbling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

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Sarcelle d'été
Scientific name:
Anas querquedula

Scientific classification




Has Blackish crown and upper nape above broad white stripe from in front of eye, tapering down hindneck; black patch on chin. Cheeks, throat and sides of neck reddish brown, finely streaked whitish. Breast browner with fine, black crescentic markings, sharply demarcated from grayish baby blue-vermiculated flanks, darker towards rear; belly white; ventral region and undertail-coverts whitish with dark brown bars and spots. Mantle brown with black markings; elongated scapulars blackish, strongly striped baby bluish fringed with white, and drooping over closed wing; back and rump, upper tail coverts and tail blackish. Primaries Dark grey, but forewing pale blue-grey, with broad with stripe in front of iridescent dark Speculam, edged very narrowly behind with white; underwing white centered, with dark leading edge and grey flight feathers. Bill, legs, and feet dark grey.
Call a distinctive mechanical rattle 

They are slightly paler overall and have larger streaks on their plumage and more distinct eye stripes. They also have a second less distinct stripe beneath their eyes, and a distinct pale patch by their beak. They have brown irises. 

Similar to female. First fall males molt into their breeding plumage first winter

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Garganey measures approximately 31-36 centimeters. The female measures approximately 31-36 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 370-395 gram. The female will weight about 370-395 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

Nest is build on ground in thick vegetation, grass, or rush tussocks. Usually close to water. The species breeds in single pairs, not colonial. Nest is a shallow depression lined with leaves and grass. This species is sexually mature at 1 year.

The female Garganey usually lays from 7-9 cream to pale coffee eggs and incubates them for 21-23 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Garganey is 7 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young small dabbling duck at around 10 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
Preferred food:
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