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
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.