Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Puna Teal (Spatula puna)


Taxonomy

French: Sarcelle de la puna German: Punaente Spanish: Cerceta de la puna
Taxonomy:

Anas Puna

Tschudi

, 1844,

Peru = Junín

.

Normally placed in Anas; with S. hottentota and S. versicolor sometimes placed in genus Punanetta. Taxon puna, traditionally included within S. versicolor, often considered a full species, and this arrangement supported here on basis of its larger bill (mean male 50 vs 39 and 42 respectively#R) (at least 2); no yellow on bill (2); paler dark markings on breast and upperparts (1); barring on lower underparts starting at mid-belly, being denser and becoming paler and less defined on uppertail and undertail, so that tail appears plain grey rather than densely barred black and white (cumulative effect of three minor characters: 3). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Andean C Peru (from S Amazonas#R) S to N Chile (Antofagasta) and extreme NW Argentina.

Descriptive notes

48–51 cm; male 546–560 g. Easily identified in range by striking head and bill patterns (usually no overlap with similar, and formerly conspecific, S.... read more

Voice

Compared to S. versicolor (which see), “Decrescendo” call comprises just 4–5 weaker notes... read more

Habitat

Prefers weakly alkaline wetlands with abundant floating vegetation, especially Chara, up... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from S. versicolor.

Breeding

Season Jul and Sept–Mar. Male to some extent polygamous, pursuing additional females and forcing extra-pair copulations, but extent of such... read more

Movements

Mainly sedentary, but some altitudinal shifts of high Andes birds, appearing in lowlands outside... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Comparatively few published data on population size, though overall numbers speculated to be in the region of 100,000–1,000,0000... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Puna Teal (Spatula puna). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/467117 on 20 August 2017).