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Silver Teal Spatula versicolor

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The Silver Teal is a small puddle duck that is widely distributed across Southern South America.  It can be found in a variety of freshwater wetland types, and usually nests in shoreline vegetation.  Two subspecies of Silver Teal have differentiated over a north to south gradient, and the Puna Teal of the Andes was formerly considered to be conspecific.  These ducks are well patterned with a dark cap, pale cream face, and gray, black, and white barred flanks; the wings show a green speculum bordered by white.

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Recommended Citation

Silver Teal (Spatula versicolor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/siltea1