WATERFOWL of The World

The order Anseriformes contains about 150 living species of birds All species in the order are web-footed for efficient swimming and have a large wide bill with a specialized tongue that allows water to be sucked in the front of the bill. An array of plates traps food particles as the water is expelled out the sides of the bill. Not all species feed this way, some graze on plants and some also catch fish.

Anseriformes has 3 familes, but almost all of the species belong to Anatidae.
Family Anatidae: dabbling ducks, teals, diving ducks, sea duck, shelducks, geese.
Family Anatidae: stiff-tailed ducksswans, whistling ducks,
Family Anhimidae: screamers
Family Anseranatidae: magpie goose

Other species resemble the waterfowl of Anseriformes.
Order Gaviiformes, Family Gaviidae: loons
Order Gruiformes, Family Rallidae: coots, moorhens, crakes, rails
Order Podicipediformes, Family Podicipedidae: grebes


Order Anseriformes    Family Anatidae 

Teals belong to genus Anas as is also true for dabbling ducks. Teals have been given their own web page as an arbitrary way to split the presentation of this large genus. Teals do not totally submerge when feeding and are often seen with just their rears showing as the search for food. Because of their feeding method, teals have evolved to be more buoyant than diving ducks.

Genus Anas

Teal, Bernier's  also  Madagascar Teal  Anas bernieri   Endemic to Madagascar
The Bernier's Teal has a brown body, mottled flanks and breast, light colored head, black bill.
Image by:  1, 2, 3, 4) Dick Daniels - Sylvan Heights   5) Dick - Antananarivo Zoo, Madagascar

Teal, Cape Anas capensis   Found: Africa
The Cape Teal is mainly gray with a browner back and pink bill.
Image by: 1, 2, 3, 4) Dick Daniels - Sylvan Heights  5, 6) Dick - Tanzania  7) Dick - Lake Naivasha, Kenya  8) Cristiano Crolle - West Coast National Park, South Africa

Teal, Hottentot Anas hottentota  Found: Africa
The Hottentot Teal has brown upperparts, dark head,, brown mottled breast, blue bill with dark center. It is a very small species.
Similar to: Red-billed Teal. Hottentot Teal has blue bill; Red-billed Teal has red bill.
Image by:   1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7) Dick Daniels - Sylvan Heights    5) Sandy Cole - Sylvan Heights

Teal, Red-billed also Red-billed Duck also Red-billed Pintail Anas erythrorhyncha   Found: Africa
The Red-billed Teal has brown upperparts, dark head, brown mottled breast, red bill.
Similar to: Hottentot Teal. Hottentot Teal has blue bill; Red-billed Teal has red bill.
Image by:  1) Dick Daniels - Birds of Eden, South Africa   2, 3) Dick Daniels - Sylvan Heights   4) Dick - Lake Naivasha, Kenya 5, 6, 7) Dick - Parc Tsarasaotra (open bird sanctury in Antananrivo, Madagascar)   8) Charlie Westerinen - Hwange, Zimbabwe

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