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Small brownish duck with a blue bill, dark cap, and a dark smudge on the pale tan cheek. In flight, look for white, black, and green stripes on the wing. Found on freshwater wetlands, lakes, and rice paddies, at low to moderate elevations. Combination of small size, blue bill, and cheek marking separate it from all other ducks and grebes. 
Juvenile pair: $350




The Hottentot teal is a small species of duck with a black head and nape and buff-colored cheeks and throat. The back is blackish-brown edged with buff, the breast is brown spotted with black, and the belly is mottled buff. These teals have a green wing speculum and a blue bill with a black streak on the top. The legs and feet are gray. Hens are lighter underneath than males, with mottled flanks.
Hottentot teals are one of the smallest ducks as well as one of the smallest species of all waterfowl. Teals are not very vocal, but males do emit a high-pitched whistle and the female responds with a nasal quack. 
These teals eat by swimming with their bill in the water.
Size 30 to 35 cm (12 to 14 in.)Weight Approximately 243 g (8.5 oz) Diet These ducks are omnivorous, but their diet consists largely of seeds, fruits, and other vegetable matter. They may also take aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans, mollusks, water insects such as beetles, and fly larvae. Incubation 21 to 22 days Clutch Size 5 to 8 eggs Fledging Duration 5 weeks Sexual Maturity Approximately 1 to 2 years Life Span Averages 20 to 30 years
Hottentot teals have an extremely large range and can be found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.

This species frequents shallow, freshwater marshes, swamps, pools and lakes, feeding at muddy edges and among submerged, floating, and emergent vegetation.