Red Billed Teal

Scientific Name:
Anas erythrorhyncha
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Red Billed Teal

The Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha), also known as the Red-billed Duck, is a species of dabbling duck found in sub-Saharan Africa.


Red-billed Teals inhabit a variety of wetland habitats, including freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, and swamps. They are often found in both natural and man-made water bodies, including agricultural reservoirs and dams. These ducks prefer habitats with dense vegetation along the water's edge, where they can find cover and nest. They are commonly seen dabbling for aquatic plants, seeds, and invertebrates in shallow water.


Red-billed Teals are medium-sized ducks, measuring approximately 37 to 41 centimeters (14.5 to 16 inches) in length, with a wingspan of about 70 to 75 centimeters (27.5 to 29.5 inches). They have a relatively compact body, a short neck, and a distinctive red bill with a black tip. Their plumage is predominantly brown or grayish-brown, with intricate mottling and streaking on the feathers. They have a blue wing patch and a white crescent-shaped patch on the face. Best Viewing The best places to view Red-billed Teals are in wetland habitats with suitable feeding areas, such as lakes, ponds, and marshes. Look for them dabbling for food in shallow water or resting on the water's edge, where they may be preening their feathers or resting. These ducks are often seen in small to medium-sized flocks, especially during the non-breeding season when they gather in larger numbers.