One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small duck that is native to China and northeastern Asia.
Anas falcata, family Anatidae
- ‘During winter major population of Falcated Teals migrates towards Japan, Korea and China. It furthers extends as far South as Central Vietnam to Burma.’
- ‘On the other hand, it could be something rare like a garganey, falcated teal or an emperor goose.’
- ‘Falcated Teals are hardy birds and bread fairly easily in captivity. They are primarily aquatic feeders, but do occasionally dive for food.’
Early 18th century: named from the long sickle-shaped inner secondary feathers of the male.
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