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BC Conservation Data Centre: Species Summary

Spatula querquedula

Scientific Name: Spatula querquedula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Scientific Name Synonyms: Anas querquedula
English Name: Garganey
Classification / Taxonomy
Scientific Name - Concept Reference: American Ornithologists' Union (AOU). 1998. Check-list of North American birds. Seventh edition. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C. [as modified by subsequent supplements and corrections published in The Auk]. Also available online:
Classification Level: Species
Taxonomy Comments: September 13, 2017 - Changed from Anas querquedula to Spatula querquedula as per the 58st Supplement to the AOU Update (DDW).
Species Group: Vertebrate Animal
Species Code: B-GARG
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Craniata Aves Anseriformes Anatidae
Conservation Status / Legal Designation
Global Status: G5 (Nov 1996)
Provincial Status: SNA (Mar 2015)
BC List: Accidental
Provincial FRPA list:   
Provincial Wildlife Act:
SARA Schedule:
General Status Canada: 8 - Accidental (2005)
Migratory Bird Convention Act: Y
Ecology & Life History
General Description:
Migration Characteristics:
(Global / Provincial)
    Local Migrant:
    Distant Migrant:
    Within Borders Migrant:
N /
N /
Y /
na /
(Type / Subtype / Dependence)
Global Habitat Comments: Shallow inland lakes, ponds, and streams bordered with dense emergent vegetation, reed beds, or marshes; winters primarily on fresh water but also in brackish and marine situations (AOU 1983).
Food Habits:
Global Food Habits Comments:
Global Phenology:
Provincial Phenology:
(1st half of month/
2nd half of month)
Colonial Breeder: N
Length(cm)/width(cm)/Weight(g): 39/ /
Elevation (m) (min / max): Global: 
Endemic: N
Global Range Comment: BREEDING: Eurasia. NON-BREEDING: south to Old World tropics, east to Phillipines, occasionally west to Hawaii. Accidental in most of North America (some of these records may be based on escapes) (AOU 1983, Pratt et al. 1987). Regular migrant in Alaska (NGS 1983).
Authors / Contributors
Global Information Author: HAMMERSON, G.
Last Updated: Mar 14, 1994
Provincial Information Author:
Last Updated:
References and Related Literature
American Ornithologists' Union (AOU). 1983. Check-list of North American Birds, 6th edition. Allen Press, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas. 877 pp.
Campbell, R.W., N.K. Dawe, I.McT. Cowan, J.M. Cooper, G. Kaiser, and M.C.E. McNall. 1990. The Birds of British Columbia, Vol. 1. Nonpasserines: Introduction, Loons through Waterfowl. Royal B.C. Mus. in association with Environ. Can., Can. Wildl. Serv. 514pp.
Livezey, B. C. 1991. A phylogenetic analysis and classification of recent dabbling ducks (tribe Anatini) based on comparative morphology. Auk 108:471-507.
National Geographic Society (NGS). 1983. Field guide to the birds of North America. National Geographic Society, Washington, DC.
Pratt, H. D., P. L. Bruner, and D. G. Berrett. 1987. A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 409 pp. + 45 plates.

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Suggested Citation:

B.C. Conservation Data Centre. 1994. Species Summary: Spatula querquedula. B.C. Minist. of Environment. Available: (accessed May 18, 2022).