Anas versicolor

Anas versicolor (*)

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 versicolor


Anas versicolor Vieillot, 1816


* Nouveau Dictionnaire d'Histoire Naturelle Appliquée aux Arts 5 p.109

Vernacular names
Česky: Čírka modrozobá
Deutsch: Versicolorente
English: Silver Teal
Español: Pato capuchino
Français: Sarcelle bariolée
日本語: ギンイロシマアジ
Nederlands: Zwartkaptaling
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Sølvand sv=Silverand

The Silver Teal (Anas versicolor) or Versicolor Teal is a species of dabbling duck in the genus Anas. It breeds in South America.

Between April and June they prefer reed beds and will lay 6 to 10 creamy-pink eggs. As with swans and geese, both parents will rear the ducklings.[citation needed] A pair may bond long term. It lives on fresh water in small groups, and feeds primarily on vegetable matter such as seeds and aquatic plants.[citation needed]

The Silver Teal's range includes southern Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands[1], and the Falkland Islands[2]. The southernmost birds migrate to southern Brazil in the winter.

Silver Teals are on the whole placid ducks but may be protective of eggs, young and females.[citation needed]

They have a black cap that extends below the eyes, and a bluish bill with a yellow tip. They also have a green speculum with a white border.[3]

The Puna Teal was previously regarded as a subspecies of this bird. Currently, there are two subspecies:

* A. versicolor versicolor Northern Silver Teal located in Paraguay, southern Bolivia, and southern Brazil[2].
* A. versicolor fretensis Southern Silver Teal located in southern Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands[2].


1. ^ a b IUCN (2009)
2. ^ a b c Clements, J. (2007)
3. ^


* Clements, James, (2007) The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World, Cornell University Press, Ithaca
* "Dabbling Ducks". Connecticut Waterfowl Trust. April 2, 2003 (Retrieved October 31, 2006).
* IUCN (2009) BirdLife International Anas versicolor Downloaded on 08 Jan 2009.

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