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Andean Teal

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Photo by mikemikCotopaxi Park, Ecuador, November 2008
Photo by mikemik
Cotopaxi Park, Ecuador, November 2008
Anas andium

Includes Mérida Speckled Teal


[edit] Identification

[edit] Distribution

Andes from Colombia and Venezuela south to Ecuador.

[edit] Taxonomy

Andean Teal. Photo by mikemikCotopaxi park, Ecuador, Nov 2008.This bird likely belongs to subspecies andium.
Andean Teal. Photo by mikemik
Cotopaxi park, Ecuador, Nov 2008.
This bird likely belongs to subspecies andium.

Two subspecies are recognized1: Anas andium altipetens and Anas andium andium.

The two black-billed subspecies andium and altipetens has recently been split from Speckled Teal as Andean Teal, Anas andium by the SACC2; these forms occur north of Marañon in Peru. Restall3 went one step further and split Anas altipetens as Mérida Speckled Teal; this form occurs in northern Colombia and western Venezuela.

[edit] Habitat

Mainly freshwater, in much of the range at high elevation.

[edit] Behaviour

Similar to other small dabbling ducks.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. Proposal (#356) to South American Classification Committee
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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