CHESTNUT TEAL Anas castanea

Although closely related a much more attractive male than the previous species, an Australian endemic which occurs mainly in southern coastal regions. Tasmania is its stronghold, where it is the commonest duck. Gradually becoming rarer towards the north it is absent from the centre (including the coast) and anywhere north of the tropic of Capricorn. Occasional records from elsewhere are thought to be a result of dispersal alongside Grey Teal, with which it often associates. Strangely it often seems to feed alongside Australian Pelicans. All photos taken in Western Australia or New South Wales.

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