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Puna Teal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Junín, Peru, August 2017
Spatula puna


Photo by GordonH
Puno, Peru, June 2007

48–51 cm (19-20 in)

  • Black upper head
  • White face throat and neck
  • Pale brown back, chest and anterior flanks with dark brown spots becoming bars on the rear flanks
  • Grey upper tail-coverts
  • Light blue, relatively large bill, with a black line along the top of the upper mandible

Female is similar to male but smaller and browner.


In flight has a buff bordered, green speculum bordered in buff.

Similar Species

Silver Teal differs in having inner part of bill yellow, buff sides of head, and being overall smaller, but will not usually overlap in range


South America: found in central Peru and western Bolivia south to northern Chile and extreme north-west Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1]. It was previously regarded as a subspecies of the Silver Teal.
Formerly placed in the genus Anas.


They have a preferences for slightly alkaline wetlands with a lot of floating vegetation. Observed at heights around 4,083 m.



Their diet consists of seeds and the vegetative parts of aquatic plants, grasses and sedges. They also eat aquatic invertebrates, such as insects, larvae, molluscs, crustaceans.


The male is partly polygamous. They construct the nest in islets, hidden in long grass. Usually 4 eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  3. BF member observations

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