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This bird likely belongs to subspecies flavirostris
Photo © by Jamfaraco
Lages/SC, Brazil, July 2004
Anas flavirostris


Subspecies oxyptera
Photo © by erikat
Concepcion, Chile, November 2000

35–45 cm (13¾-17¾ in)

  • Dark brown head
  • Yellow bill
  • Brown upperparts
  • Grey underparts

Similar Species

They resemble Yellow-billed Pintail, which are larger and have longer necks.


South America: found in the Andes from Peru south to Chile, Argentina and the south of Brazil. The southern lowland populations are migratory.


The two black-billed subspecies andium and altipetens has recently been split as Andean Teal, Anas andium by the SACC2. Andean Teal and Yellow-billed Teal were together known as Speckled Teal.


Subspecies oxyptera
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Ondores, Junín, Peru, August 2017

Two subspecies are recognized1:

  • A. f. flavirostris:
  • A. f. oxyptera:
  • Andes of central Peru to northern Chile and Argentina


Mainly freshwater, in much of the range at high elevation but subspecies flavirostris often in lowland.


Similar to other small dabbling ducks.


Their diet consists of small aquatic insects, crustaceans, seeds, fruit 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/
  2. Proposal (#356) to South American Classification Committee
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)
  5. Neotropical Birds

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