The male Gadwall is mostly gray and brown he lacks the bright colors that many male ducks have. At first look he may appear plain, but a closer look reveals an elegant duck with delicately patterned black and gray breast and flanks. Populations of Gadwal can be found in North America and in Eurasia.
Gadwall are hardy birds they are easy to raise and can get along well in a mixed collection. Breeding season is in the spring. Nest are made on the ground or under natural cover. Males of this species will often mate with more than one hen and we often keep our gadwall in trios. Clutches consist of 6-12 crème colored eggs that are incubated for about 26 days. It is not uncommon for the hen to lay two clutches per year if she is not brooding the ducklings. The ducklings of the species are quite easy to raise.