The Grey Teal is almost all grey-brown. Each feather of the body is edged with buff, except on the rump. The chin and throat are white, the bill is dark green and the eye is red. The secondary wing feathers have glossy blue-black patch, broadly bordered and tipped with white. In flight, a large white wedge is visible on the underwing. The Grey Teal is one of the smaller Australian ducks.
Measures between 40–60 cm in length. The male and females weigh roughly around the same 800g–1.2 kg.
Gray Teals usually eat water plants stems, seeds, and insects.
They are found in New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
The Grey Teal nests near freshwater lakes and marshes, usually on the ground, but also in tree holes or rabbit burrows.