Ringed Teal Callonetta leucophrys


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.

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Recommended Citation

Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys), 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/rintea1