Anas capensis

Anas capensis,

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Anseriformes
Familia: Anatidae
Subfamilia: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: Anas capensis

Anas capensis, Photo: Adrian Pingstone


Anas capensis Gmelin, 1789


* Syst.Nat. 1 pt2 p.527

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Teeleend
Česky: Čírka popelavá
English: Cape Teal
Español: Cerceta de El Cabo
日本語: アカハシコガモ
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Kappand
Русский: Капский чирок
Svenska: Kapand


The Cape Teal (Anas capensis) is a 44-46 cm long dabbling duck of open wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa.

This species is essentially non-migratory, although it moves opportunistically with the rains. Like many southern ducks, the sexes are similar. It is very pale and mainly grey, with a browner back and pink on the bill (young birds lack the pink). The Cape Teal cannot be confused with any other duck in its range.

It is a thinly distributed but widespread duck, rarely seen in large groups except the moulting flocks, which may number up to 2 000.

This species feeds on aquatic plants and small creatures (invertebrates, crustaceans and amphibians)[1] obtained by dabbling. The nest is on the ground under vegetation and near water.

This is a generally quiet species, except during mating displays. The breeding male has a clear whistle, whereas the female has a feeble "quack".

The Cape Teal is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.


1. ^ Hockey, P.A.R., Dean, W.R.J., Ryan, P.G. (Eds). 2005. Roberts – Birds of Southern Africa, VIIth ed. The trustees of the John Voelcker bird book fund, Cape Town.

* BirdLife International (2004). Anas capensis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern.

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