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Hottentot Teal

Anas hottentota

The hottentot teal is the smallest species of dabbling duck in the world! The pygmy geese are the only smaller species of waterfowl.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 33 - 36cm
Weight: 216 - 282g

habitat

Habitat

Hottentot teals are found in Africa and Madagascar, in shallow freshwater pools, marshes and swamps. They are particularly seen in areas of tall aquatic vegetation such as papyrus grasses or typha rushes.

diet

Diet

Hottentot teals are omnivores, feeding on seeds, fruits, and other plant material as well as squatic invertebrates.

behaviour

Breeding

Well-hidden nests are constructed, often in papyrus clumps. The female lays 5 - 12 cream or yellowish eggs, which she incubates for around 25 days.

threat

Conservation

Although not classed as endangered this species is in decline, mainly due to habitat loss for road construction, logging and cattle ranching. Thankfully it is found in a number of protected areas.

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