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The Cape teal (Anas capensis) is a 44–46 cm long dabbling duck of open wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa. This species is essentially non-migratory, although it moves opportunistically with the rains. Like many southern ducks, the sexes are similar. It is very pale and mainly grey, with a browner back and pink on the bill (young birds lack the pink). The Cape teal cannot be confused with any other duck in its range.It is a thinly distributed but widespread duck, rarely seen in large groups except the moulting flocks, which may number up to 2000.
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The Cape Teal is a relatively pale colored bird, but nevertheless very attractive. Much of the plumage is distinctly spotted and the markings on the bill are light pink with narrow black margins and base, with a blue tinge on the anterior portion.Both vegetable and animal matter constitute the diet of this dabbling duck. Mixed corn or wheat along with a compound pellet are welcomed. Cape Teal are not very vocal, but during the breeding season the female emits a low quacking sound and the male has a rather husky whistle.In captivity they are treasured because of their pretty shape, their light tone and their beautiful pink bill. Drakes can be over-amorous and they may hybridize with other dabbling ducks.
This species feeds on aquatic plants and small creatures (invertebrates, crustaceans and amphibians) obtained by dabbling. The nest is on the ground under vegetation and near water.This is a generally quiet species, except during mating displays. The breeding male has a clear whistle, whereas the female has a feeble "quack".
Distribution of the Cape Teal is throughout South Africa except the easternmost part. They move about according to rainfall and seasonal conditions. They will frequent large and small areas of water and marshes, in open and savannah country; also often found around salt lakes.