Baikal Teal    

 

 

 

 

Greenwing teal are native to North America. Greenwings can be a shy little duck but we have found that fullwinged birds in a larger aviary  settle better than in small aviaries, it seems the power of flight in a larger aviary has a calming effect when the birds feel they can escape danger. Greenwings will hybridize with the Baikal teal and they should not be housed together. The hens will nest in natural cover or ground boxes. They lay a clutch of about 8 eggs which are incubated for about 22 days. Greenwings achieve adult plumage their first year and most breed the first year as well.

 

 

 

 

 

                                    Bluewing Teal  

 

                  

        

Silver teal are native to South America. Silver teal are very calm ducks and do well with most species in a mixed collection. We have not found these ducks to have many bad habits but can be bullied by larger species. They have nested well for us in both small and large enclosures. The hens will nest in natural cover as well as a variety of ground boxes. Silvers lay a clutch of 6-8 eggs which are incubated for about 25 days. Silver teal get their adult plumage their first year and will breed the first year as well. As with many other tropical ducks they do not have an eclipse plumage but retain breeding plumage year round.

 

 

 

 

                                               Cinnamon Teal  

 

                            Marbled Teal

 

Baikal Teal are native to eastern Asia. Baikals are one of the most stunning ducks you can put in a collection, but they can be one of the most difficult teal to raise in captivity. Baikals need very steady penmates if you are going to be successful raising them. I have talked to some breeders who say they have success by providing artificial light during breeding season as these birds breed where there are long day light hours, we have never tried this method. We have experienced that once you get a pair settled in and they breed once they are pretty reliable from year to year. They will nest in natural cover as well as nest box.  Baikal's lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 25 days. They achieve adult plumage their first year.                     

 

 

 

 

                                    Greenwing Teal

 

 

 

 

Bluewing Teal are native to North America. Bluewings do well in mixed collections but should not be kept with Cinnamon Teal as they will readily hybridize. Bluewings are one of the calmer teals, but we have experienced that they don't nest in boxes as frequently as other teals but prefer long grass or similar natural cover.  Bluewings lay a clutch of 7-9 eggs which are incubated for about 23 days. Bluewings achieve adult plumage the first year although somewhat slower than other birds sometimes not until late December, but will breed their first year. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       Silver Teal  

 

 

 

Cinnamon teal are native to North America. They are a very unique little duck with an almost shoveler style bill. They do well in mixed collections but will hybridize with Bluewing teal and should not be housed together. Even with their small size they are seldom bullied by other species. Cinnamons are ground nesters and nest quite easily. They are not fussy on nest sites and  will nest in almost any kind of ground box as well as natural cover. They lay a clutch of 7-9 nine eggs which are incubated for about 24 days. Cinnamons gain adult plumage their first year and readily breed their first year.

 

 

 

 

Marbled Teal are native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia. They do well in mixed collections for the most part keeping to themselves. There is very little if any difference in the plumage of the sexes, with the drake having a slight crest to the head especially noticable during the courtship displays, the hen will  have a slight olive color to the base of the bill. They will nest both on the ground in cover or in raised nest boxes. The young display the same jumping tendancies as other cavity nesters. They lay a clutch of 8-10 eggs which are incubated for about 26 days. They will breed their first year.

 

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