Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys)


French: Canard à collier noir German: Rotschulterente Spanish: Pato acollarado

Anas leucophrys


, 1816,



Formerly included in genus Anas. Monotypic.


C & SE Bolivia and Paraguay S to N Argentina (N Buenos Aires), and E to W & E Uruguay and S Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul).

Descriptive notes

35–38 cm; 190–435 g. Male (which lacks eclipse plumage) has crown and nape black, sides of head and neck pale grey to pale buff, finely streaked darker, back... read more


Most information is from captivity: in pair flights, male gives short whistle and female a drawn-... read more


Swampy tropical forests and marshy clearings in well-wooded lowlands; also on secluded pools, small... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably mainly vegetarian diet, including seeds and other small items, e.g. insects. Forages by picking from surface and head dipping,... read more


Season largely unknown, suspected to start late summer/early autumn (perhaps influenced by water availability), with ducklings observed... read more


Direction and extent of movements not precisely known, but certainly disperses after breeding,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very little known about status, but no indication that species is particularly rare and population considered stable; estimated at 10... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys). 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 22 March 2018).