Garganey

Scientific Name: Spatula querquedula
Malay Name: Itik Kening Putih
Chinese Name: 白眉鸭 (bái-méi yā)

Range:
Breeds in northern temperate Europe and Asia, wintering south to equatorial Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Southeast Asia and Australia

Taxonomy:
Monotypic

Size: 36-41 cm

Identification: Male has mostly dark brownish head and neck with diagnostic bold white supercilium. In flight shows mostly bluish-grey upperwing-coverts and blackish-green secondaries bordered by broad white bands. Female resembles male but has narrow whitish supercilium and large whitish loral patch extending in line below blackish eyestripe.

Habitat: Lakes, marshes and suitable wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology:

Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Previous records of this species in the 1980s were near annual at former coastal sites like Jurong River, Marina South, Tuas, Senoko, Tanah Merah and Lorong Halus. The latest known record was a female sighted at MacRitchie Reservoir on 2 January 2015.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore