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.
Swamps, marshes, lakes and ponds
The Hottentot teal feeds on seeds, roots, plants and insects that it finds in or near the water.
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
Like all ducks, the Hottentot teal's feet are thin and flat, making it easier for them to paddle through the water.
A New Hatch
President and CEO Kevin Bell announces two tiny arrivals--hottentot teal ducklings growing behind the scenes at the McCormick Bird House.