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Small, subtly beautiful, gray-brown duck with a black eye-mask, long neck and wings, and dark bill. Vaguely resembles a female pintail. Both sexes are similar but males sport a more prominent shaggy crest. In flight looks pallid, with whitish underwings, pale secondary's, and dark wingtips. Mostly silent. Typically found in shallow, freshwater or brackish wetlands with abundant emergent vegetation
Juvenile pair: $130




BREED DETAILS- MARBLED TEAL - (Marmaronetta angustirostris)
Marbles teals are medium-sized ducks. This species is creamy-white and spotted with grayish brown. The wings are brown with pale secondaries, and the tail a light brown. Both sexes lack the metallic wing speculum seen in other teals. Both the male and female are more or less similar in appearance. However, females have a shorter crest and paler eye stripe.
Size Approximately 31 to 40 cm (12.5 to 16 in) long; wingspan 55 to 60 cm (22 to 24 in) Weight 168 to 448 g (6 to 16 oz.) Diet Their diet varies considerably between seasons and sites and additionally with age. Flies are an important component of the diet, especially before and during the breeding season. Small seeds become increasingly important after the breeding season. Incubation Approximately 25 days Clutch Size 9 to 12 eggs Fledging Duration 25 to 30 days Sexual Maturity 
Approximately 1 to 2 years Life Span Averages 20 to 30 years Range Marbled teals have an extremely large range and can be found in Southern Europe and across Northwest Africa in Cameroon, Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Chad, Mali, and Egypt.They can also be seen across the Middle East, Russia, India and China. Habitat This species has adapted to temporary, unpredictable, Mediterranean-type wetlands and breeds in fairly dry, steppe-like areas on shallow freshwater, brackish or alkaline ponds with well vegetated shorelines, and rich emergent and submergent vegetation. It also breeds on delta marshes where receding waters leave behind large areas of shallow water with abundant sedges and bulrushes. In addition it may use slow rivers and saline coastal lagoons, and man-made wetlands including fish-rearing ponds and small reservoirs
I have noticed that they are not very bold ducks, and will be picked on by larger species. They do best when housed with other small tropical ducks. Aviaries do not need to be very large, just provide plenty of cover since these birds are often shy and nervous in captivity. They do love to graze, so give them plenty of greens. I have also noticed that they will come around for a snack of mealworms as well.