Cape teal feed on aquatic plants and many of the smaller creatures that live in their wetlands habitats including frogs, insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
These small ducks are very pale with grey and brown feathers and a pink bill. Both males and females are similar in color unlike many bird species that live in the northern hemisphere where there is a distinct difference in the colors.
DID YOU KNOW?
Here in North America most ducks and other waterfowl species migrate from their summer breeding grounds in the north to southern regions during the fall. In other parts of the world, especially in warmer climates where food is available year round, some ducks like the Cape teal do not migrate at all.
MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS:
A lone Cape Teal is most often seen swimming in the pool in the lower savanna where the zebra live.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS:
Read about Cape Teal online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.
JUST FOR KIDS:
For challenging and fun experience at the zoo try to find at least six species of ducks. There are other ducks living in the America’s Aviary and in Asia pools at the Prezwalski’s Wild Horse Exhibit and Siamang Island.