Ringed Teal

Ringed Teal

Ringed Teal
Callonetta leucophrys


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

South America from southern Bolivia, Paraguay, and southwestern Brazil, to northeastern Argentina and Uruguay


Habitat

Wetlands


Diet

Water plants, insects, seeds

Weight

11 - 12 oz.

Size

14 - 15 in.

Wingspan

28 in.

Incubation

About 29 days

Clutch

6 - 12 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Dabbling duck (surface feeder)
  • The ringed teal has long toes with strong, pointed claws. This adaptation allows them to sit and nest in trees.
  • Adults are sexually dimorphic.
  • One of the smallest ducks in the world.
  • Chicks obtain oil for waterproofing their feathers by rubbing against their mother's abdominal plumage.

 

Conservation

Not globally threatened.

Least Concern
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