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Cape Teal

Anas capensis

The Cape teal is a species of dabbling duck, recognisable by its light coloured plumage and red beak. Males and females look similar.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 44 - 48cm
Weight: 316 - 502g

habitat

Habitat

Cape teals are found in fresh and brackish waters, saline lakes and seasonally flooded wetlands.

diet

Diet

Cape teals feed whilst swimming, dabbling with their head and neck submerged. They eat aquatic invertebrates and small amphibians, as well as aquatic plants.

behaviour

Breeding

They build their nests close to the water, usually on islands. Between 6 and 11 eggs are laid. The male will help the female to look after the ducklings until they are able to fly.

threat

Conservation

Cape teals are not considered threatened in the wild at present, however wetland destruction in certain areas, such as Walvis Bay, Namibia, may threaten their numbers in the future.

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