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Puna Teal Spatula puna

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Puna Teal is a striking dabbling duck of the mountains in South America.  Previously considered conspecific with the buff-cheeked Silver Teal (Anas versicolor), Puna Teal is brown and gray barred with a dark cap, white cheeks and a bright blue bill.  Both sexes share similar plumage features, though males are larger than females. The species is found on lakes at high elevation in the Andes from Peru south to Chile and Argentina.

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Recommended Citation

Puna Teal (Spatula puna), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/puntea1