Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Madagascar Teal (Anas bernieri)


French: Sarcelle de Bernier German: Bernierente Spanish: Cerceta malgache
Other common names: Bernier's Teal

Querquedula Bernieri

“J. Verr.” Hartlaub

, 1860,



Sometimes placed in genus Nettion. Thought to be close to A. gibberifrons. Monotypic.


W coastal Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

40 cm; male 320–450 g, female 270–420 g. Small, relatively long-necked, uniform brown teal with spotted appearance, distinctive black speculum with broad... read more


Often quiet, but can be rather vocal. Male gives short, quiet, multisyllabic whistles, 3–10 notes... read more


Known only from small, saline lakes of shallow waters with emergent reedbeds and adjacent wetlands... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown until recently; analysis of faeces revealed that species forages mainly on aquatic and terrestrial insects (Hymenoptera,... read more


Starts Sept (with copulation observed Jul), but clutch found in Apr suggests might be double-brooded; main season is, however, during W... read more


Not recorded outside regular range, but speculated to be semi-nomadic or short-distance migrant... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Poorly known, but seems never to have been numerous (species was virtually unknown until 1970s, despite being apparently being widespread across entire... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Madagascar Teal (Anas bernieri). 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 21 May 2019).