Appearance: - The Puna Teal has a black cap which extends to below the eyes, creamy-white lower face and neck, dark-brown eyes, pale blue beak with black line running down middle, the breast, back, and flanks are grey-brown with dark brown spots, rear flanks are grey-brown with thin stripes, wings are brown with green speculum, and legs and feet are dark grey. Both sexes are similar.
Size: - Typical Adult is 48-51cm (19-20in).
Food: - Aquatic plants, seeds, and insects.
Habitat/Range: - High altitude freshwater lakes, marshes, and pools in south America:- Andes of Peru, west Bolivia, north Chile, and extreme north west Argentina.
Breeding Season: - November to January in northern Chile and July to August in Peru.
Eggs: - 5 to 7 (creamy-white or pinkish colour).
Notes: - The Puna Teal is a dabbling duck and used to be considered a sub-species of the Silver Teal. Puna means a type of dry tussock grass moorland of the high Andes above 4000 metres where this bird is found. This duck has a similar plumage to the Hottentot Teal and the Silver Teal.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.