Puna Teal Duck
The Puna Teal Duck is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas. It was previously regarded as a subspecies of the silver teal. The Puna teal is resident in the Andes of Peru, western Bolivia, northern Chile, and extreme northwestern Argentina.
Appearance: – The Puna Teal Duck has a black cap which extends to below the eyes, creamy-white lower face and neck, dark-brown eyes, pale blue beak with black line running down middle, the breast, back, and flanks are grey-brown with dark brown spots, rear flanks are grey-brown with thin stripes, wings are brown with green speculum, and legs and feet are dark grey. Both sexes are similar.
Size: – Typical Adult is 19-20 inches.
Food: – Aquatic plants, seeds, and insects.
Habitat: – High altitude freshwater lakes, marshes, and pools in south America, Andes of Peru, west Bolivia, north Chile, and north west Argentina.
Breeding Season: – The Puna Teal Duck breeds in November to January in northern Chile and July to August in Peru.
Eggs: – 5 to 7 (creamy-white or pinkish color).
Notes: – The Puna Teal Duck is a dabbling duck and used to be considered a sub-species of the Silver Teal. Puna means a type of dry tussock grass moorland of the high Andes above 4000 metres where this bird is found. This duck has a similar plumage to the Hottentot Teal and the Silver Teal.
The different types of wild ducks can be grouped into puddle, aka “dabbling” and diving ducks. The dabblers mostly feed in smaller bodies of shallow water or along shorelines, where they are able to tip their bodies forward to reach their food on the bottom. There are divers who feed in deeper water where they dive and pursue their quarry. Some of these birds, the Harlequin Duck for example, actually dives to the bottom of fast-flowing waters and feeds on life forms attached to rocks.