Latin Name: (Anas gracilis)The Grey Teal Duck is a dabbling duck found in open wetlands in New Guinea, throughout Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
The Grey Teal Duck nests near its favoured freshwater lakes and marshes, usually on the ground, but also in tree holes or rabbit burrows.
The Grey Teal is a gregarious species. In Australia it is nomadic, rapidly colonising suitable habitat following rain. In 1957, large numbers fled Australia, moving to New Zealand to escape drought.
Grey Teals feed in small to large flocks. Food consists of a variety of types and includes dry land plants, aquatic plants, seeds, crustaceans, and insects and their larvae. Feeding methods are also varied. Birds may dabble (filter surface water or mud through the bill), upend and feed from the bottom, or graze from the surface of the water on plant material.