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Photo by qiubird
Bicentennial Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, September 2003
Anas castanea



  • Dark brown upperparts and wings
  • Dark green-purple wing panel edged white
  • Brown underwing
  • Chestnut neck, breast and flanks
  • Green head
  • Black undertail with white patch
Photo by Neil
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, June 2004
  • Dark red eye
  • Bluish-grey bill
  • Greenish-grey legs and feet


  • Dark brown and grey mottling
  • Pale, brown streaked throat
  • Dark eye stripe

Similar Species

The female is very similar to the Grey Teal.


Swamps and marshes of south-western and south-eastern Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia) and Tasmania.


Photo by fthsm
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, December 2007


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • A. c. alexanderi
  • A. c. castanea

Some authorities consider this species monotypic.


Breeds in brackish or fresh swamps near coast, otherwise coastal estuaries, saltmarshes, lakes, urban wetlands, tidal mudflats, estuaries; inlets, islands, and montane lakes



The diet includes seeds, insects, vegetation, molluscs and crustaceans.


Monogamous, they nest over water, in hollow tree stumps, lining the nest with down. Only the female incubates the eggs.

Photo by Nora
Caroline Springs, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, May 2007


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Birds in Backyards
  5. BF Member observations

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