(Mareca strepera)

Order:  Anseriformes
Family:  Anatidae

Gadwall - Breeding Male
Photo © David Blevins

Gadwall Information

Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Geographic range, habitat, physical description, reproduction, behavior, food habits, conservation status. Includes sound files. (From Animal Diversity Web)

Description, range, habitat, songs and calls, identification tips, and behavior. Includes photos, illustration with field marks, and range map. (From

Photo of Male Gadwall in Flight
From Mike Danzenbaker's Bird Photography

  Calls of the Gadwall

  Identification tips for the Gadwall

Female Gadwall

Female Gadwall

By Bonnie Shulman [CC ND 2.0]

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Gadwall Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

In New England, the Gadwall breeds in northwestern Vermont (Champlain Valley) and in marshes along the coasts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

This duck is seen in migration throughout New England. In the winter, it can be found along the coasts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Gadwall Nov-Mar (1900-present)

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS