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Marbled Teal
Marmaronetta angustirostris

Habitat: Wetlands, brackish waters rich in vegetation.

Range: Fragmented distribution; eastern and western Mediterranean region, north and sub-Saharan west Africa, Iran, Pakistan and northwest India.

Natural Diet: Aquatic plants (seeds, roots, tubers, green parts); also aquatic insects, larvae, mollusks, worms.

Status in the Wild: Vulnerable


Animal Facts

Marbled teal are medium-sized dabbling ducks. The adult birds have sandy-brown colored feathers. They are 15 to 17 inches long and have dark brown eye patches and a dark bill. They are known to feed in shallow water.This species is gregarious even during breeding season when flocks of teal build nests close to one another. Females lay 7 to 10 eggs in a clutch.

Conservation: It has been recorded that 50% of their habitat may have been destroyed in this century. Hydrological work and wetland drainage is known to have had a detrimental effect on several breeding sites in their distibutional range. Marbled teal population numbers have also depleted due to illegal hunting.

Learn more about conserving wildlife through conservation breeding

Marbled teal have bred successfully at Micke Grove Zoo.

Distributional range

The species are found in several small population in Europe, Asia, and northern African