019 Gadwall
(Anas strepera)


46-56cm. Slightly smaller than Mallard, with narrower wings and body. The Gadwall has exquisite pattern on its body which can be seen at close range only. From distance its body is grey. It has pale brown head, a bit square head, steep forehead, and narrow, straight black bill. The gadwall has black stern, pale wing and yellow-orange legs.


In Hungary the Gadwall is scattered breeder on lakes covered with aquatic vegetation. Large numbers occur only at Kis-Balaton and Lake Fertő, however numbers of breeders increasing in the Eastern part of Hungary. During spring it can be seen in largest numbers in March, during autumn it passes through Hungary between September and early November. A low number of overwintering individuals can be seen between November and February.

019 Gadwall pic

© Graphics by Szabolcs Kókay

Source: 1) Lovászi Péter (editor): Javasolt különleges madárvédelmi területek Magyarországon, Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2002; 2) BirdLife International:IUCN Red List for birds. Species factsheet; 3) Králl Attila, Nagy Károly: Fontos Madárélőhelyek Magyarországon (Területek, kritériumok és minősítő fajok) MME Monitoring Központ, 2007; 4) Szabolcs Kókay bird illustrations; 5) www.hungarianbirdwatching.com bird descriptions and checklists, 2004-2012; 6) Lars Svensson et al.: Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe 2nd Edition, Harper Collins, 2010; 7) MME Nomenclator Bizottság: Nomenclator avium Hungariae. An annotated list of the birds of Hungary. Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2008