Birds by Name – T
Males have a chestnut coloured head with broad green eye-patches, a spotted chest, grey flanks and a black edged yellow tail. Females are a mottled brown. In flight, both sexes have bright green wing patches.
It is one of the smallest of the dabbling ducks.
Teal eat small invertebrates and seeds.
Species: A. crecca
It is speckly brown above and mainly white below and has a long, slender, downcurved bill for getting insects out of the bark of trees. It grows to a length of around 18 cm.
As the name suggests, it creeps around the trunks and branches of trees, hopping on both legs and sometimes using its tail as a support. It eats insects and spiders and seeds in winter.
Genus: C. familiaris
The male has a black head, neck, breast and back and white on the sides. It has a small crest and a yellow eye. The female is brown in colour with paler in colour and more likely to be confused with other species of ducks.
Tufted Ducks eat molluscs, insects and the odd bit of greenery.
Species: A. fuligula
They are Arctic breeders and migratory. Turnstones have strong necks and bills well suited to their feeding technique, namely turning over stones to find food, mainly invertebrates. They are strictly coastal and prefer stony beaches to sand.
Turnstones have brown or chestnut and black upperparts and brown and white or black and white head pattern, whilst their underparts are white. Their legs are orange.