Silver Teal

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Silver Teal
A male in Brazil
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. versicolor
Binomial name
Anas versicolor
Vieillot, 1816

The Silver Teal or Versicolor Teal (Anas versicolor) is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas. It breeds in South America.

Between April and June they prefer reed beds and will lay 6 to 10 creamy-pink eggs. As with swans and geese, both parents will rear the ducklings.[citation needed] A pair may bond long term. It lives on fresh water in small groups, and feeds primarily on vegetable matter such as seeds and aquatic plants.[citation needed]

The Silver Teal's range includes southern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands,[1] and the Falkland Islands.[2] The southernmost birds migrate to southern Brazil in the winter.

Silver Teals are on the whole placid ducks but may be protective of eggs, young and females.[citation needed]

They have a black cap that extends below the eyes, and a bluish bill with a yellow tip. They also have a green speculum with a white border.[3]

The Puna Teal was previously regarded as a subspecies of this bird. Currently, there are two subspecies: