Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Campbell Teal (Anas nesiotis)


French: Sarcelle de Campbell German: Campbellente Spanish: Cerceta de la Campbell

Xenonetta nesiotis

J. H. Fleming

, 1935,

Campbell Island


Sometimes placed in genus Nettion. Commonly treated as conspecific with A. chlorotis (which see for specific differentiation) and A. aucklandica, and relationship clearly very close, but sometimes separated out#R#R and differs from aucklandica in its shorter wings (male mean 132 vs 141#R, but correlated with weight difference below; ns); longer tail (male mean 89 vs 77#R) (at least 1); much lighter weight (mean for breeding males 371 vs 551#R) (score 3); upperpart pattern with clear pale borders to feathers (1); more white on lower flanks (1); darker plumage overall (1). Tail and weight proportions are confirmed elsewhere#R. Monotypic.

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Dent I (Campbell I group); reintroduced and established on Campbell I, where had become extinct.

Descriptive notes

36–48 cm; male 290–500 g, female 280–365 g). Small, short-winged and flightless, dark brown duck with broadly similar plumage to that of A. chlorotis and A.... read more


Calls are apparently identical to those of A. chlorotis and A. aucklandica.


Inhabits dense, chest-high tussock (there are no pools or running water on Dent), with records over... read more

Food and feeding

In captivity feeds on amphipods, weevils, earthworms, seaweed and other insects; birds released onto Codfish I have been observed feeding... read more


Season unknown. Usually single-brooded, but in captivity females sometimes lay two clutches. Nest undescribed. Mean clutch size for nes... read more


Sedentary and flightless.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. For many decades apparently confined to Dent, an offshore islet of W Campbell I, although not discovered on Dent until 1975; first collected in 1886 from sea near... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Campbell Teal (Anas nesiotis). 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).