Madagascar Teal

Zoo Location: Wetland
 Madagascar Teal

Coastal wetland.

Wild Diet

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.


Human disturbance.


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

 Madagascar Teal  Madagascar Teal


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