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Red-billed Duck - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by mikemik
Ngorngoro, Tanzania, May 2018

Alternative name: Red-billed Teal

Anas erythrorhyncha


Photo © by Reader
Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2011

43–48 cm (17-19 in)

  • Black crown and nape
  • Whitish face
  • Bright red bill
  • Dark brown overall plumage with white-edged feathers
  • Buff secondaries with a black stripe

Sexes are similar
Juveniles are duller than adults


Western Africa: Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland
African Islands: Madagascar


This is a monotypic species[1]..


The can be found in a variety of wetland habitats, though appear to prefer shallow, still, freshwater with floating vegetation.



A dabbling duck, they look for seeds, fruit, grain, roots and aquatic plants and grass. They also eat aquatic invertebrates. They will forage on dry land in the evening or at night.


Nests are built on the ground in dense vegetation near water.


The male has a whzzt call
The female a soft quack.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)

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