Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Andaman Teal (Anas albogularis)


French: Sarcelle des Andaman German: Andamanen-Weißkehlente Spanish: Cerceta de Andamán

Mareca albogularis

A.O. Hume

, 1873,

Andaman Islands


Sometimes placed in genus Nettion. Usually treated (along with A. gracilis) as conspecific with A. gibberifrons, but recent trend to accord it species status#R accepted here on basis of its lack of a bulbous forehead (3); extensive but variable white on otherwise dark (and always dark-crowned) and relatively uniform, almost unstreaked head (3); white-edged outermost one or two secondaries, forming white line below speculum (2); green speculum with greater propensity to reflect pinkish (ns[1]) (these last three characters also separate it specifically from A. gracilis, along with latter’s distinctive downy young). Monotypic.


Andaman Is and Great Coco I.

Descriptive notes

37–47 cm; male 400 g, female 340 g; wingspan 60–67 cm. Fairly small cinnamon-brown dabbling duck with white markings on throat and around eye (extent varies considerably and... read more


Vocalizations very poorly described—a low soft whistle and low quacking note have been mentioned)—... read more


Highly adaptable to all types of wetlands, with shallow, fresh, brackish or saline waters; often on... read more

Food and feeding

Diet basically unknown, athough presumably similar to that of A. gracilis. Feeds by dabbling, mud filtering in shallow... read more


Starts breeding in Jul–Aug. In single pairs or loose groups; uses pools 20–50 cm deep, typically brackish and 50–100 m... read more


Mostly sedentary, albeit perhaps nomadic and occasionally lands on sea, with single historical... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to the Andaman Islands EBA. Formerly common, but is possibly in danger due to agricultural development and drainage of wetlands... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Andaman Teal (Anas albogularis). 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 on 14 December 2019).