Silver teal

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Silver teal
Anas versicolor versicolor)- Macho.jpg
A male in Brazil
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:


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Anas versicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Clements, J. (2007)
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