Common Teal; Eurasian Teal; Green-winged
Teal / Cerceta común
Maximum size: 35 cm
They can be seen in lagoons with plenty
of vegetation, tidal rivers,
dams and marshes. They feed on leaves,
seeds, roots, molluscs, insects
and crustaceans. Both genders
posses a greenish colour coat under
their wings, only visible when they
display their wings but, apart from
that, they have an acute sexual
dimorphism. The males have a red and
head, with blue stripes, while the
females have brown and grey plumage.
They winter in Spain, between September
and April. They breed in some areas
in the north, between Galicia and
Asturias, as well as in Ciudad Real.
They nest in the north of Europe, Asia
They can be seen from August till the
end of May in any kind of wetland,
such as marshes or lagoons.