Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)

The Chestnut Teal, also known as the Australian Chestnut Teal, is a species of dabbling duck found in southeastern Australia. These birds are widespread throughout the mainland and Tasmania, inhabiting a variety of habitats such as wetlands, swamps, and suburban lakes.

Males and females of this species have distinct plumage. The male Chestnut Teal has a dark green head and neck with a bright chestnut patch on its cheeks and chest. Its back and wings are dark grey, and its belly is white. Females, on the other hand, have a mottled brown body and a dark crown.

These ducks are often seen feeding on the surface of the water, using their long bills to sift through mud and vegetation for insects, snails, and small crustaceans. They also feed on seeds and aquatic plants, making them an important part of the wetland ecosystem.

During the breeding season, Chestnut Teals form monogamous pairs, with males engaging in elaborate courtship displays. The female builds a nest out of grass and feathers in a concealed location near the water, and lays a clutch of around 5-10 eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs for 26-28 days until they hatch, and then raise the young together.

The Chestnut Teal is considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) owing to its wide distribution and stable population. However, habitat loss and degradation due to urbanization and agriculture are causing concern. Conservation efforts include the protection and restoration of wetland habitats, which are essential for the Chestnut Teal’s survival.

Overall, the Chestnut Teal is a bird of great ecological importance and a beautiful addition to the wetland areas of southeastern Australia.

Other names

Anas castanea



Chestnut Teal

xarxet de Tasmània



riđoprsa kržulja

čírka kaštanová




Sarcelle rousse


Alzavola castana


kaštoninė kryklė


cyraneczka kasztanowata


Каштановый чирок

Kestenjasta krdža

kačica gaštanová

Cerceta castaña


Kızıl Çamurcun

чирянка австралійська


gesztenyebarna réce