Hottentot teal
Hottentot Teal
Hottentot Teal
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Hottentot Teal

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The tiny Hottentot Teal is the smallest of all the dabbling ducks and not very vocal. The sexes are similar, though the duck is slightly duller, and like almost all southern hemisphere dabbling ducks, there is no eclipse plumage. Hottentots are surprisingly hardy. 

The Hottentot Teal likes to lay her clutch of six to nine eggs close to the water’s edge. Incubation is 25 to 27 days. The ducklings are tiny, but otherwise easy to rear, given enough heat.

Eggs: 6-9 in a clutch 

Conservation Status: Least Concern