Madagascar Teal (Slimbridge September 2012)
The Madagascar Teal, also known as the Bernier's Teal, is of the Anas genus and is a dabbling duck that is only found along the coast of Madagascar.
The Madagascar Teal is currently classed as Endangered due to habitat loss. Huge areas of wetlands are being drained or altered for human activities such as farmland, rice paddies and prawn ponds. Their wooded habitat is also being destroyed for timber which effects their breeding.
Due to the increase of humans in their area, hunting has also increased for so called sport and meat.
400mm to 450mm (16" to 18")
Appearance - Male
The male has light Brown plumage with Black scalloping withich is heaviest on the breast and flanks. It has a Pink/Grey bill, Dark Brown eyes, Black with White border speculum, dull Pink legs and feet.
Appearance - Female
Similar to the male.
Mangroves, Shallow Ponds, Brackish Lakes, Rivers and Marshes.
Vegetation, Insects and Invertebrates.
December to March.
The nest is built in tree hollows.
Quantity: 4 to 9
Colour: Pale Fawny/Yellow Buff.