Ringed Teal are an attractive addition to any wildfowl collection being both amiable and lively. However, they are not fully winter hardy and so require protection from frosts such as dry straw or shelter.
The males have a bright and colourful plumage, the females are attractive but more subtle. Both are relatively silent, the male emitting a soft whistle and the female a low quack. Free-winged birds regularly make short flights from one perch to another and make a pleasing sound as they fly.