Male - The male Ringed Teal has a whitish face with a black band running from the top of the head down the nape, a deep chestnut-brown back, pale-grey flanks, a black speckled salmon coloured breast, black tail and white rump, a distinctive white patch on the wings, and iridescent green tertials. Both male and female remain colourful throughout the year, lacking an eclipse plumage.
Female - The female has a brown back, and brown face with white patches, pale barred chest and pale belly. Both sexes have a grey-blue beak with black tip, brown eyes, and the feet and legs are pink.
Size: - Typical Adult is 35-38cm (14-15in).
Food: - Aquatic plants, seeds, and insects.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, tropical swampy forests, marshy clearings in well-wooded lowlands, pools and streams in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, southern Brazil, and Uruguay.
Breeding Season: - March to September.
Eggs: - 5 to 12 (whitish colour).
Notes: - The Ringed Teal is a very small South American duck which can perch and nest in trees. It is sometimes classed as a perching duck but also sometimes classed as a dabbling duck.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,