gadwall (Anas strepera)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 14.5 inches Wingspan: 35 inches
Large dabbling duck with steep forehead
Juvenile similar to adult female
Adult male alternate:
Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer
Gray and brown breast, back and upperwing coverts
Black rump, uppertail coverts and undertail coverts
Adult male basic:
Similar to adult female
Gray bill with orange edges
Mottled gray, brown and white body plumage
Distinct white belly patch
Adult male in alternate plumage is unmistakable. All plumages easily
identified in flight and occasionally at rest by white speculum. Females
and mmature at rest can be identified by their steeper head profile than
similarly-plumaged mallards, by the gray bill with orange edges, and by
the distinct white belly patch.
Breeding Habitat:Wetland-open water
Length of Incubation: 24-27 days
Days to Fledge:48-56+
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Almost exclusively plant matter; lesser quantities of aquatic
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February Acc
Crooked Run Valley