Ringed Teal is a small, beautiful duck of central South America, preferring wet forests and swamps in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, and Bolivia. Males are pale faced with black crown and hindneck, a white hip patch, gray barred flanks, blue bill, and pink legs. Females are patterned similarly overall with pale underparts barred brown and a brown face marked with pale stripes. Both sexes of Ringed Teal can be easily recognized in flight by a white greater covert patch and green secondaries. While usually grouped with the dabbling ducks, the species may actually be allied more closely with the shelducks.