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Ringed teal

Callonetta leucophrys

The Ringed Teal has a plumage which clearly distinguishes the male from the female. The female is brown with white markings, whereas the male is far more colourful. The male’s chest is covered in salmon-coloured feathers with black spots. From the top of its head and along its neck it has a clear black line which turns into the reddish colour on its back. Both
the male and female have pink legs.

The Ringed Teal also has specially-developed feet. Just as in many other teals, it has web between its toes. However, it also has claws, enabling it to hold on to branches. This means that it, unlike most other teals, can sit in trees, well protected from predators.

Aquatic plants, insects and seeds
South America
Life expectancy
In captivity: 15 years
35-38 cm
Incubation period
29-30 days
IUCN status
Least concern (LC)