Red-billed Teal

Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha) are native to Africa, displaying a similar dark brown to black cap on their head as Hottentot Teal. Red-billed Teal can be differentiated by their bright reddish-pink bill and that their dark brown cap extends down their necks. The plumage on their cheeks is very light and can appear silver. The legs on this species are a dull gray to brown that matches their body’s plumage. This makes the contrast in the bright bill even more stark and easily identifiable from a distance. The plumage on their breast is a creamy white with light gray dappling that steadily changes into deep brown feathers that are outlined with tan or light brown on their backs. In flight, the light chest is a prominent feature as the wings are mostly brown. Males and females are similar in plumage with females being slightly smaller; and juveniles can be identified by their duller colors.

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