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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List of South African Birds

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