Red-Billed Teal (Slimbridge March 2014)
The Red-Billed Teal, also known as the Red Billed Duck, is a dabbling duck from Africa and is similar to the White-Cheeked Pintail.
(Compare the two Ducks.)
The Red-Billed Teal feeds in shallow water, mainly in the evening or at night and are often found in pools and flooded areas.
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430mm to 480mm (17" to 19")
Appearance - Male
The male has a dark Brown cap and nape, a pale face from below the Brown eye and bright Red bill with dark Brown running down the center. The body is a dark Brown scalloped with White, lighter underparts and dark Brown wings with secondary feathers buff with a Black stripe across them. The feet and legs are dark Grey.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male.
Wetlands, Marshes, Lakes, Small Rivers and streams.
Aquatic Plants and Insects, Seeds, Roots, Grasses, Grain, Molluscs and Crustaceans.
January to October, depending upon location.
The nest is built in a depression in the grass on the ground amongst dense vegetation near to water.
Quantity: 5 to 12
Colour: Buff or Greenish White.