Garganey - Anas querquedula

    Description

    It is smaller than a Mallard and slightly bigger than a Teal. The male is most easily recognised with a broad white stripe over the eye. In flight it shows a pale blue forewing.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Mostly found in central and southern England. It favours shallow wetlands, with flooded meadows and ditches, and plenty of aquatic vegetation which can make it difficult to see.

    When to see it

    Breeding birds arrive from March and return from July. Small numbers of non-breeding birds visit on passage migration in spring and autumn.

    Life History

    It feeds by 'dabbling' eating plant material and insects.

    UK Status

    The Garganey is a scarce and very secretive breeding duck in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map