Thursday, August 25, 2011

Andaman Teal

The Andaman Teal (Anas albogularis) is a species of small duck found in the Andamans. The species was considered as a subspecies of the Sunda Teal.
The species is dark brown with buffy markings. The face and throat are pale with a white ring around the eye. The bill is bluish grey and the iris is red.
They are found in inland pools as well as mangroves and lagoons. They feed at night in rice fields. The breeding season is July to October and nests in reed patches. The nest is made of grass and about nine eggs forms the clutch. They were formerly considered to breed in tree hollows but recent studies found no evidence. They feed mainly on molluscs and arthropods.

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