chestnut teal

This pair of chestnut teal ducks highlight the inequitable allocation of plumage across genders in the ornithological world. Just look at that iridescent green and lustrous brown on the male. Whereas the female, although pretty in her own right, looks comparatively dowdy in her monocolour matt brown. Common to south eastern and south western Australia, these birds are often found in exclusive pairs or small flocks about our wetlands, dams and waterways. They spend much of the day beside the water and are more likely to be getting their feet wet during the morning and evening hours, dabbling or inverting themselves to reach the bottom of the shallows.