- Common Name
- marbled teal, marbled duck
- Genus Species
- Marmaronetta (marble duck) angustirostris (narrow or small-billed)
- Marbles teals are medium-sized ducks. In color, this species is creamy-white and spotted with grayish brown. The wings are brown with pale secondaries, and the tail a light brown. Both sexes lack the metallic wing speculum seen in other teals.
Both the male and female are more or less similar in appearance. However, females have a shorter crest and paler eye stripe.
- Approximately 31–40 cm (12.5–16 in) long; wingspan 55–60 cm (22–24 in)
- 168–448 g (6–16 oz.)
- Feeds on insects, seeds, and aquatic plants
- Approximately 25 days
- Clutch Size
- 9–12 eggs
- Fledging Duration
- 25–30 days
- Sexual Maturity
- Approximately 1–2 years
- Life Span
- Averages 20–30 years
- Found in southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle-East
- Inhabits fresh water lakes and ponds, brackish pools and marshes
- Global: Early 1990s estimates of between 9,000–19,000 birds
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Deleted off the list in 1977
- Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
- Scientists had considered marbled ducks to be one of the dabbling ducks for many years, but the birds have been moved in with the pochards, due to their display behavior and lack of a speculum.
- Teals are good swimmers and divers. However, they rarely dive for food, rather they dive to hide from a predator.
Ecology and Conservation
Teals are good swimmers and divers. However, they rarely dive for food, rather they dive to hide from a predator.
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