Callonetta leucophrys

Status: Least Concern

Range & Habitat
Found in the Freshwater of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

General Description
The male has a chestnut back, pale gray flanks, and a buff brown chest covered with speckles. A black band runs from the top of its head town to the nape. While swimming, the ringed teal ducks hold their tail horizontally so it does not touch the surface of the water. Like all wood ducks, the ringed teal's gait is peculiar, giving the effect of limping because they nod on only every other step. The male and female calls differ. The male has a soft, long whistle; the female a short, harsh quack.

Reproduction
Their nests are in tree hollows or abandoned stick nests of other birds. They lay 6-12 eggs which are incubated for about 26-28 days. The male and female take turns to incubate the eggs and care for the young. At breeding time the female swims around in a type of figure eight pattern while the male throws his head backwards and whistles.

Diet: Herbivore
In the Wild: Their main diet consists of seeds and small plant life. In the Zoo: the ducks eat Mazuri Waterfowl, greens, small amounts of fish and insects.

Sources:
BirdLife International 2009. Callonetta leucophrys. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. 2009"," December. National Aviary 2009"," December. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Ringed Teal Duck 2009"," December.



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