The Hottentot Teal has a black cap which extends to just below the dark-brown eyes, black nape, a whitish-buff coloured lower face and throat. a dark patch on the upper neck or ear, pale blue beak with black line running down middle, the neck, breast and front flanks are grey-brown with dark brown spots, buff rear-flanks and abdomen, dark-brown back, rump and tail, dark-brown wings with slight green-blue gloss and a green iridescent speculum, and bluish-grey legs and feet. Both sexes are similar.
Typical Adult is 30-35cm (12-14in).
Insects, larvae, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic vegetation, seeds, and roots.
Freshwater lakes, marshes, pools, and streams in eastern & southern Africa, and also Madagascar.
January to April in South Africa or June to October in eastern Africa (Kenya).
5 to 9 (creamy or buff colour).
River Cottage's collection of Teals changes regularly. Please visit us regularly to keep up-to-date with our flock
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Note: All birds are subject to availability and we reserve the right to alter prices as the market and our costs dictate. Viewing is strictly by appointment. Please contact us for futher details