Duck Identification
Gadwall
Mallard
Pochard
Tuffted
Teal
Wigeon
The most common of all Duck, The males are Identified by there iridecent bottle green head and neck separated by a white band from its chestnut coloured body with a blue-purple band on its wings and a greenish-yellow bill and orange legs. The female mallard is similar in the body but has a chestnut plumage from head to tail with the matching male blue-purple band on its wings.
The European green winged teal is the smallest duck on the list, the males have a glossy chestnut head with a iridescent curving green stripe with a narrow cream edging running from eye to the back of the neck and a white horizontal stripe above the wings and a proponent green speculum is present in both male and females with a dark grey brown coloured body.
The Male in winter plumage has a pale yellow for head and crown with a pinky grey breast and grey back and tail. The white forewing converts can be seen clearly in flight. The female is mostly a rusty mottled chestnut colour and share the lighter belly of the male.
Similer to a mallard in flight the gadwell is slightly smaller, the drake is predominantly grey with a brown tinged back. The female is very mallard like but shares the white speculum of the male.
The male tufted has a black head, chest, back and tail with a pure white flanks, the head is shot with purple and the chest seems to have a greenish tinge. The bill is blue-grey with black tip the legs are grey and the eye is bright orange. The females are coloured dark brown and the flanks pale brown.
The males are red-brown head, black breast and neck and a slate grey back. The bill is blue-grey with black tip and red eyes, the females are a dull brown.