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Madagascar Teal

Zoo Location: Wetland
Madagascar Teal
Habitat

Coastal wetland.

Wild Diet

Invertebrates living in mud.

Behaviour

Madagascar teal are related to the grey teal from Asia and Australia. They are small, mottled brown ducks with a dull reddish bill and feet. The secondary feathers are black edged with white. They prefer to feed in shallow waters less than 10cm deep, sifting the mud for food.

Breeding

2-10 eggs are laid into a nest in a hole in a tree.

Threats

Human disturbance.

Conservation

These birds at Paignton Zoo are part of a breeding programme which was initiated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1993.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Anas bernieri
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Conservation status: Endangered
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