Ringed Teals are some of the most colorful birds in the Teal family. Unlike many duck species, they remain colorful throughout the year. The Ringed Teal has a dark tail, a pale rump, and a white patch on the wings. Their bills are gray, and their legs and feet are pink. The male has a chestnut back, light-gray flanks, and a salmon-colored breast speckled in black. A black band runs from the top of its head down to the nape. Females have an olive-brown back with the head blotched in white, with penciled barring on a pale chest and belly. Ringed Teals have unique webbed toes with long, pointed claws that allow them sit comfortably on tree branches—most waterfowl have difficulty remaining perched on branches. Ringed Teals are easy to raise in captivity and are a great choice for beginners.
Scientific Name: Callonetta leucophrys
Native to: South America
Average Length: 14.5”
Average Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Photo Credit: Kevin Bercaw