Hottentot Teals

Hottentot Teals (Anas hottentota)

The Hottentot Teals (Anas hottentota) are dabbling duck – so named because they mostly feed by upending (feeding upside down in water) or grazing on land.

The Hottentot Teals Flapping its Wings
The Hottentot Teals Flapping its Wings

Distribution / Range

The Hottentot Teals occur naturally in eastern and southern Africa, from Sudan and Ethiopia west to Niger and Nigeria and south to South Africa and Namibia.

In west Africa, and Madagascar, these ducks are sedentary (non-migratory).

They are usually found in or around shallow bodies of water.

Diet / Feeding

The Hottentot Teals primarily feed on plant matter and small animals.

Breeding / Nesting

The Hottentot Teal breed year-round. They build nests above water in tree stumps and line their nests with vegetation.

Diet / Feeding

Ducks generally feed on larvae and pupae often found under rocks, as well as aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.


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