020 (Eurasian) Teal
(Anas crecca)


34-38cm. The Eurasian Teal is the smallest European duck with narrow, pointed wings, short neck. Male has exquisitely barred grey body, chestnut-coloured head with cream-edged green band. On its wing it has a narrow, horizontal white band and a characteristic green patch.


In Hungary the Eurasian Teal occurs in huge flocks on passage in autumn and spring but also common as a winter visitor, mostly on lakes but also on rivers in smaller numbers. Autumn passage lasts from early September until November. During spring it appears immediately after thaw, and can be seen until late April. A few individuals oversummer.

020 (Eurasian) Teal 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