Silver Teals

Silver Teals (Anas versicolor)

The Silver Teals (Anas versicolor) is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas.

Distribution / Range

Image of Silver Teal in the Water Silver Teals
Image of Silver Teal in the Water Silver Teals

It breeds in South America. It lives in fresh water in small groups and feeds primarily on vegetable matter such as seeds and aquatic plants.

The Silver Teals range includes southern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, and the Falkland Islands. The southernmost birds migrate to southern Brazil in the winter.


They have a black cap that extends below the eyes and a bluish bill with a yellow tip. They also have a green speculum (wing anatomy) with a white border.

Nesting / Breeding

They hide their nests in dense vegetation near the shore and lay 5 to 10 eggs between October and December. By February, the majority of chicks have fledged.

Group of Silver Teals Drinking Water
Group of Silver Teals Drinking Water



The Puna Teal was previously regarded as a subspecies of this bird. Currently, there are two subspecies:

  • A. versicolor versicolor Northern Silver Teal is located in Paraguay, southern Bolivia, and southern Brazil.
  • A. versicolor fretensis Southern Silver Teal is located in southern Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands.

    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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