TEAL, (Anas crecca). This beautiful little bird is the smallest of the duck tribe. The male weighs nearly a pound, the female is not so heavy. The teal breeds in Ireland, and its nest is often found in the marshes and on the margins of sedgy broad bar of glossy changeable green, bounded on the lower side by a narrow white line, extends from the bill to the hind part of the head; the lower part of the neck, the beginning of the back, and the sides under the wings, are elegantly marked with wavy lines of black and white; the breast and belly of a dirty white; the vent black; the tail sharp-pointed and dusky; the coverts of the wings brown; the greater quill-feathers dusky; the exterior webs of the lesser marked with a glossy green spot, surmounted by another of black, with white tips; the legs dusky; the irides whitish. The female is of a brownish ash-colour, spotted with black, and has a green spot on the wing similar to that of the male. It is common in the London markets.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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