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Silver Teal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by luisrock62
Photo taken: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Spatula versicolor


Black cap extending below the eye, bill is blue with a yellow base and black along the center of the culmen. Green speculum with white borders. Female is slightly browner with less yellow on bill.

Similar Species

Puna Teal lacks yellow on bill, has whiter sides of head, and is bigger.


Peru and Brazil through Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile (southern 2/3) to Tierra del Fuego and Falkland Islands


Two subspecies are recognized: versicolor and fretensis.
Formerly placed in the genus Anas.


Freshwater lakes and marshes mostly in lowland.


The diet includes seeds and aquatic plants.


  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/

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