The Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) is found in a variety of wetland area and when their is a lack of water are known to fly vast distances in search of suitable water. When water dries up where they are, they disperse in search of water. Their search can lead them to waterholes in the arid desert regions. They can be found in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, New Guinea and the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Binns Track, NT

One of the smaller of Australia’s ducks, with males being larger than females, both sexes are similar in plumage. The Grey Teal is a mottled grey-brown, with white and green flashes on the wings. The secondary wing feathers have glossy blue-black patch, tipped with white. It has a light coloured neck and face, the chin and throat being white, the bill is dark green and the eye is red.

Juveniles are paler version of the females, but are more streaked on the lower breast. The juveniles also have brown eyes.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Genus: Anas
  • Species: A. gracilis
  • Binomial name: Anas gracilis
  • Synonyms: Anas gibberifrons gracilis