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Hottentot Teal Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Anas hottentota
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Anseriformes
  • Range

    Africa

  • Habitat

    Swamps, marshes, lakes and ponds

  • Niche

    The Hottentot teal feeds on seeds, roots, plants and insects that it finds in or near the water.

  • Life History

    The Hottentot teal lives in large flocks in the wild. Females construct their nests in reed beds, using grasses and stems as building materials. Ducklings leave the nest soon after hatching, and the mother's parenting is limited to providing protection from predators and leading young to feeding areas

  • Special Adaptations

    Like all ducks, the Hottentot teal's feet are thin and flat, making it easier for them to paddle through the water.

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