Description: Smaller than a mallard, with male birds grey in spring, gadwall cock ducks thus stand out among the gaudier males of other ducks. They display a streaky pattern on the chest and sides, black uropygium and undertail; part of the wing coverts is deep chestnut brown, forming a solid area prior to the reflecting spot. The Gadwall is 46-56 cm long.

Habitat: Gadwalls predominantly nest on relatively small lakes and bayous with rich aquatic and riparian vegetation. The species is rare.

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