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Quick Facts
Native to Eastern and Southern Africa, from Sudan and Ethiopia west to Niger and Nigeria and south to South Africa and Namibia
Primary Diet Seeds, fruits, and other vegetable matter; also take in aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans, mollusks, and water insects
Adult Weight 8.5 ounces
Lifespan 20 to 30 years
Status Least Concern

Hottentot Teal

Hottentot teals are one of the smallest ducks as well as one of the smallest species of all waterfowl. They are not very vocal, but males do emit a high-pitched whistle and the female responds with a nasal quack. These teals eat by swimming with their bill in the water.

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