Appearance: - The Marbled Teal has a creamy-white and sandy-brown coloured plumage with brown markings giving a marbled effect, dark eye-patch which can extend to the nape, slight crested appearance, blackish beak. The legs and feet are greeny-brown or dull yellow. Both sexes are similar.
Size: - Typical Adult is 39-42cm (15-17in).
Food: - Aquatic plants, seeds, and insects. Feeds by dabbling, up-ending, and occasionally diving.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, shallow lakes, and marshes in Spain, north Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, north-west India, and western China. Winters in west Africa (south of the Sahara), Iran, Pakistan, and India.
Breeding Season: - May (south Europe, and north Africa), or early June and later.
Eggs: - 9 to 14 (yellowish-white colour).
Notes: - The Marbled Teal used to be classified as a dabbling duck but is now classed as a diving duck. This duck is regarded as vulnerable after a major reduction in population during the 20th century caused by loss of habitat and hunting.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Aythyinae, Genus: Marmaronetta.