Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Puna Teal (Spatula puna)


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

Anas Puna


, 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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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


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


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

Food and feeding

No known differences from S. versicolor.


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


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. (2019). 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 on 15 December 2019).