Brazilian teal

Braziliaanse taling

Brazilian teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis)

The Brazilian teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis) is a perching duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Braziliaanse taling
English name:
Brazilian teal
German name:
French name:
Canard amazonette
Scientific name:
Amazonetta brasiliensis

Scientific classification




The Brazilian teals are light brown in colour. Drakes distinguish themselves from females in having red beaks and legs, and in having a distinctive pale grey area on the side of its head and neck. The colour of these limbs is much duller in females.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Brazilian teal measures approximately 35-40 centimeters. The female measures approximately 35-40 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 600 gram. The female will weight about 600 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

There are two sub-species:

  • A. brasiliensis brasiliensis (lesser Brazilian teal)
  • A. brasiliensis ipecutiri (greater Brazilian teal)

Brazilian teal are reasonably but they are susceptible to frost-bitten feet on icy ground (Frostbite): a dry, frost- and draught-proof shelter with straw-covered ground or a large open water area should be available in winter and they may need to be confined in shelter at night. These birds are suitable for large and small mixed collections, also for aviaries, but may be slightly aggressive while breeding and a separate pen might therefore be suggested at this time.

These ducks are considered easy or fairly easy to breed. Both raised and ground-level boxes may be used for laying, also natural vegetation cover. Laying may begin end of April and continue to August. These ducks are good brooders, the ducklings are robust and easy to rear; they quickly start to feed when hand-reared.

Drakes commonly mate with other species, particularly Anas spp.

The female Brazilian teal usually lays from 8-12 pale cream or yellow-tinged white eggs and incubates them for 23-28 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Brazilian teal is 8 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young perching duck at around 11-12 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
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