Ringed Teal

The ringed teal (Callonetta leucophrys) is a small duck of South American forests.
The ringed teal has a similar diet to our own native ducks. They eat water plants, insects and seeds from the surface of the water.

The male and female remain colourful throughout the year, lacking an eclipse plumage. The drake has a rich chestnut back, pale grey flanks and a salmon-coloured breast speckled in black. A black band runs from the top of its head down to the nape. Females have an olive-brownish back with the head blotched and striated in white, with pencilled barring on a pale chest and belly. Both have a dark tail, a contrasting pale rump, and a distinctive white patch on the wing.

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