Invertebrates living in mud.
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.
2-10 eggs are laid into a nest in a hole in a tree.
These birds at Paignton Zoo are part of a breeding programme which was initiated by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1993.
- Latin Name: Anas bernieri
- Class: Birds
- Order: Anseriformes
- Family: Anatidae
- Conservation status: Endangered
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