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Alternative name: Madagascar Teal

Photo by edenwatcher
Betsiboka Delta, Madagascar, October 2010
Anas bernieri

Identification

40-45 cm

  • Pale, warm grey-brown all over
  • Scalloped darker particularly on flanks and breast
  • Black speculum
  • Pale, pinkish-grey bill, slightly upturned.
  • Red Legs
  • Partly white underwing
  • Blue Speculum
  • Male larger then Female

Distribution

Graphics by Nrg800
The range of the Madagascar Teal

Lowlands of western Madagascar, Rare throughout it's Range (population 1,500-2,500 birds in 2003)[2]

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Lives in wetlands and rarely leaves that habitat. Likes shallow, open water, Fresh or Salty, preferring Brackish, with little emergent vegetation and nutrient-rich mud. It can also be found in costal mangrove forest and esturies. It is unlikely but possible in Marshes forest and Savannah.

Behaviour

Often found in small parties or pairs.

Diet

It feeds by wading in shallow muddy water, sifting the water for small insects.

Breeding

The birds migrate east to the cost to breed in December-March. They nest in tree hollows created by storm damage and decay. The birds are found in large groups of up to 40 though they disperse into pairs during the breeding season.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International

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External Links

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