Formerly lumped with Green-winged Teal when it was the most widespread duck, breeding somewhat further south than Northern Pintail. The split meant that distribution was confined to the Palearctic, but a race nimia occurs on the Aleutian Chain. This taxa is resident, but not well differentiated, Palearctic birds migrate to the south in winter but not as much to Africa, chiefly along the north coast and Nile basin.

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