Hottentot teal

Latin Name
Anas hottentota

Class
Birds

Order
Anseriformes

Description

The Hottentot teal is known for its black-capped head and distinctive blue bill. The duck's body is speckled brown and black, with black wings.


 

Range

Africa


Status

Common


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.



Bonus Content

President and CEO Kevin Bell announces two tiny arrivals--hottentot teal ducklings growing behind the scenes at the McCormick Bird House.

A New Hatch
President and CEO Kevin Bell announces two tiny arrivals--hottentot teal ducklings growing behind the scenes at the McCormick Bird House.

 

 


Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit