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Ringed Teal

Ringed Teal

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Scientific Name:

Callonetta leucophrys


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay


Mainly vegetarian. Seeds, water plants, insects


Habitat:  Swampy tropical forests and clearings, small streams, rice paddies.

Incubation: 25-28 days / 6-12 eggs

Social structure: Typically in pairs or small family groups

Weight: 190-390g

Dimensions: 35-38cm

Lifespan: 10-15 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: 6,700-67,000

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

The ringed teal has long toes with strong, pointed claws. This adaptation allows them to sit on trees and nest in tree cavities 
The chicks obtain oil for waterproofing their feathers by rubbing against their mother's abdominal plumage.

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