Sharp-winged Teal

(Anas Flavirostris Oxyptera)

Appearance: - The Sharp-winged Teal has a black speckled light-brown head and neck, dark-brown eyes, a yellow beak with black running down the middle, a dark-brown back with pale edges to the feathers, a pale-brown breast with black spots, the underparts, flanks, rump and tail are pale-brown, the wings are grey-brown with a white-bordered dark metallic green speculum, and grey legs and feet. Both sexes are similar but the female is slightly duller.

Size: - Typical Adult is 38-43cm (15-17in).

Food: - Insects, larvae, crustaceans, aquatic vegetation, seeds, and roots.

Habitat/Range: - Freshwater wetlands, lakes, and marshes in South America - highlands of central Peru to northern Chile and Argentina.

Breeding Season: - August to September in the south but varies throughout South America.

Eggs: - 5 to 8 (creamy buff colour).

Notes: - The Sharp-winged Teal is a small South American dabbling duck. The Sharp-winged Teal (Anas Flavirostris Oxyptera) and Chilean Teal (Anas Flavirostris Flavirostris) are both sub-species of the Yellow-billed Teal (Anas flavirostris).

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.

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Sharp-winged Teal (Anas Flavirostris Oxyptera) - Pic: Wikimedia Commons