The garganey is also called the cricket teal due to its chirp-like vocalizations.

What They Eat

Garganey are omnivorous dabblers that strain their food from the water.  They eat more animal prey than other ducks with similar habits.

Where They Live

These birds inhabit inland bodies of water, coastal areas, and lagoons in Europe and Asia.

What They Do

They migrate in the spring to their breeding grounds and usually nest within 20-150 meters from the water in meadows, flooded fields, or lowland lakes.  Nests are depressions in the ground under tall grasses.  Garganey usually breed in pairs or small groups.

How They’re Doing

Garganey are not considered threatened because their population is very widespread. Nevertheless, their numbers are decreasing due to increased human disturbance, disease, nest predation, and habitat destruction.

Where in the World

Europe and Asia


Inland waters and coastal areas

Conservation Status


Animal Facts

Length: Up to 16 inches
Weight: Males average 13.9 ounces, females 13.1 ounces
Wingspan: Up to 27 inches
Lifespan: 20-30 years

Taxonomic Category


Where at the Zoo

Tropics Trail

  • Male garganey are slightly larger than females.  Females are much duller in color.
  • Males and females molt, or replace their feathers, and cannot fly for 3-4 weeks during this time.
  • During the breeding season, garganey are highly territorial and small bodies of water may only have one breeding pair.
  • These birds beat their wings so rapidly that they make a hissing noise.
  • They are the only species of duck that migrates to Britain to breed.

Grey-winged trumpeter populations are decreasing due to deforestation and hunting. Forests of the Amazon River basin are being cleared for roads, cattle ranching, and crop production. The trumpeter’s poor ability to fly also leaves them prime targets for hunters.  Trumpeters are likewise commonly caught and kept as pets due to their natural “guard dog” like behavior.

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