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Usually seen in the company of other ducks, especially mallard, this is a species of fresh water habitat.


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Gadwall: calm and collected

Post date: Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 - 00:00

The gadwall (Anas strepera) is a very handsome duck! A little larger than its relatives, it has this wonderful mottled appearance with a distinctive white patch in an area of black in the wing which can be seen from some distance. It does not have any other really distinctive features to set it apart from other ducks.

The gadwall is another duck that is more common in winter in Dorset. Unlike some duck species that are happy on sheltered water source the dawall is very much a fresh water bird. It is usually seen in the company of other ducks, especially mallard.

They strike me as being a very serene, calm bird. They float regally around surveying the scene and rarely make a fuss or any noise. This is a duck that seems to have grown in numbers in recent years, I certainly see them more often these days than I once did when I started birding.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Gadwall
Scientific Name Anas strepera
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Ducks
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Rivers
  • Lakes and ponds
  • Harbours, estuaries and lagoons
Look for Large mottle grey/brown ducks with a distinctive black tail
Additional Identification Notes
  • Gadwall seem to increasing in numbers especially in winter when the population is boosted by the arrival of birds from elsewhere
  • Larger than a mallard, greyish rather than brown, lacking the green head but having a black tail they really should not be mistaken 
  • They tend to float around in pairs and are gentle ducks rarely making a fuss like mallards do