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Red-billed Teal

Afrikaans name: Rooibekeend

Red-billed Teal

Red-billed Teal

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Anas erythrorhyncha

The Red-billed Teal may be seen quite commonly around dams and other bodies of freshwater. Their pinkish-red bill is unmistakable. The two-tone brown colouration on the head and the reddish bird make for an attractive bird.

This duck eats various plants which it finds both in and out of the water. It will also insects, worms, tadpoles, fish and other small animals if the opportunity arises.

The Red-billed Teal may be found over most of South Africa but it is always found near water. It will fly long distances should a water source dry up.

They make their nest amongst vegetation near, or fairly near, water. Up to 16 eggs may be laid.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 53

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 169

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 169

Acoloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World - Author: Peter Scott - Year Published: 1957 - Page: 50

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 32

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 11

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 35

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 12

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 47

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 42

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 66

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 90

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 90

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 37

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 63

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 69

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 88

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 89

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 78

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 80

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 7

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 46

List of South African Birds

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