PORT PHILLIP BAY


Chestnut Teal 

Anas castanea

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Genus:
Anas
Species:
castanea

General Description

Male body red-brown with shiny green head and neck, and a white patch near the tail. Female body mottled brown. Body up to 50 cm long.

Biology

Chestnut Teals form flocks mainly in summer. They feed on seeds, vegetation, molluscs and crustaceans, some of which they collect by poking around with their bill under the water.

Habitat

Freshwater and saltwater wetlands.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern and west coast of Australia.

Species Group

Birds Ducks, geese and swans

Max Size

50 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Chestnut Teal, Anas castanea, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7921

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