Poultry

Morphology

Classification

Classe
Birds
Family
Poultry

Anas capensis 
 

The Cape Teal is a small, stocky duck with pale plumage and a mottled undercarriage. The nape is somewhat shaggy, the crown is high and the quite long, and to a certain extent, upturned bill in part give it quite a strange and characteristic appearance. The head, neck and underbelly are very light grey-yellow with several small, darker grey patches, these flourishes are larger and more visible on the chest and stomach. The upper feathers are dull brown with broad yellowish-brown edges. The rump, lower back and caudal feathers are yellowish with dark centres. The tail is dark grey with pale edges. Females have more subtle and rounded pectoral markings.
Cape ducks originate from the African continent south of the Sahara. Their distribution range starts from Ethiopia and Sudan and heads south to the Cape of Good Hope including Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Angola.
Reproduction takes place almost every month of the year. The clutch comprises 7 to 8 cream coloured eggs that are incubated solely by the female for 24 to 25 days.