The Cape teal (Anas capensis) is a 44?46 cm long dabbling duck. Like many southern ducks, the sexes are similar. It is very pale and mainly grey, with a browner back and pink on the bill (young birds lack the pink). The Cape teal cannot be confused with any other duck in its range. It is a thinly distributed but widespread duck, rarely seen in large groups except the moulting flocks, which may number up to 2000.

Habitat and Distribution

Found in open wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa.


This species feeds on aquatic plants and small creatures (invertebrates, crustaceans and amphibians) obtained by dabbling.


The nest is on the ground under vegetation and near water.

Calls and Songs

This is a generally quiet species, except during mating displays. The breeding male has a clear whistle, whereas the female has a feeble `quack`.