Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris)


French: Marmaronette marbrée German: Marmelente Spanish: Cerceta pardilla
Other common names: Marbled Duck

Anas angustirostris


, 1832,

Lenkoran, Azerbaijan


Often placed in Anas. Has been considered a link between dabbling ducks and pochards (Aythyini). Monotypic.


Fragmented distribution in W Mediterranean (Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, wintering also in W Africa), E Mediterranean (Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Syria, wintering S to Egypt), and W & S Asia (S Russia and Iraq E to extreme NW China, wintering in Iran to Pakistan and NW India).

Descriptive notes

39–48 cm; male 350–590 g, female 327–535 g; wingspan 63–67 cm. Male generally grey-brown, with noticeably spotted appearance due to pale cream feather... read more


Generally rather silent, although male produces nasal “eeeep” calls in display and alarm when... read more


Shallow brackish or freshwater pools and marshes with abundant emergent and subemergent vegetation... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous: seeds, roots, tubers and green parts of aquatic plants; also aquatic invertebrates (insects and larvae, molluscs, worms), with... read more


Starts Apr/Jun; May/Jul in N Africa, although generally breeds later with increasing latitude, with nests recorded between 13 Apr and 26... read more


Dispersive and partially migratory, with birds ringed in S Spain generally remaining there, albeit... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Global population perhaps c. 50,000–55,000 individuals, based on estimates of 3000–5000 in W Mediterranean and West Africa, 1000 in E Mediterranean;... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris). 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).