French: Sarcelle tachetée German: Südandenente Spanish: Cerceta barcina
Other common names:
Speckled Teal (when lumped with A. andium)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. oxyptera
Meyen, 1834 – Sharp-winged Teal – Andes from C Peru (Cajamarca) S to NW Argentina (Catamarca).
A. f. flavirostris
Vieillot, 1816 – Speckled Teal – N Argentina, Uruguay and SE Brazil S to Tierra del Fuego; Falkland Is, South Georgia.
35–45 cm; 388–830 g. Head sometimes paler than in bird depicted. Both races resemble A. georgica, but always smaller, shorter-necked and darker-headed.... read more
Male gives loud, single-syllabled “krick” in display, alarm and when separated when female, as well... read more
Variety of freshwater lakes, rivers and marshes, generally at high altitude in mountainous country... read more
Food and feeding
Small aquatic invertebrates (insects, crustaceans, amphipods) and seeds, fruits and vegetative parts of aquatic plants (seaweed, algae). In... read more
Season variable according to locality; season generally Oct–Mar in race oxyptera (with perhaps additional clutches in Jun... read more
Southernmost breeding birds winter in more temperate regions, as far N as Uruguay, Paraguay and SE... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common, even locally abundant, with overall population of nominate race in mainland South America estimated at > 1,000,... read more
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