Hottentot Teal

Anas hottentota

The Hottentot is a migratory bird in Eastern and Southern Africa, and a sedentary bird in west Africa and Madagascar. This teal is the smallest of the African ducks. It likes shallow waters, where it eats insects and crustaceans that it catches while swimming with its bill in the water. In addition, it also feeds on seeds and plants and can catch insects such as bees, and butterflies in the air.

The above picture was taken at the Zoological Garden of Berlin, Germany, in August 2010.

Genus Anas
Tribe Anatini
Subfamily Anatinae
Family Anatidae
Order Anseriformes
Class Aves
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth