Grey TealScientific name: Anas gracilis

Meaning of name: Anas is Latin for duck. Gracilis is Latin for thin or slender.

Aboriginal name: Kalyong (kal’yawng).

Distribution: Throughout Australia but rarer in the drier interior.

Description: Up to 44cm long with a 67cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 3,184km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in August 1989, 31 years 8.3 months after being banded (information as at 14 June 2012).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal 

Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html