The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Red-billed Teal

Afrikaans name: Rooibekeend

Red-billed Teal

Red-billed Teal

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Anas erythrorhyncha

The Red-billed Teal may be seen quite commonly around dams and other bodies of freshwater. Their pinkish-red bill is unmistakable. The two-tone brown colouration on the head and the reddish bird make for an attractive bird.

This duck eats various plants which it finds both in and out of the water. It will also insects, worms, tadpoles, fish and other small animals if the opportunity arises.

The Red-billed Teal may be found over most of South Africa but it is always found near water. It will fly long distances should a water source dry up.

They make their nest amongst vegetation near, or fairly near, water. Up to 16 eggs may be laid.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 39

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 34

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 46

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 134

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 37

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 7

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 80

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 78

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 89

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 88

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 69

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 63

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 49

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 90

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 90

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 66

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 12

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 47

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 42

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 59

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 48

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 35

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 37

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 11

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 32

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 58

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 169

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 169

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 53

A coloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World - Author: Peter Scott - Published: 1957 - Page: 50

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