|Other Common Names|
Black Teal, Brown Teal
Breeding season: July to December. Clutch size is 12. They form monogamous pairs and stay together outside the breeding season. Both parents choose and defend a nest site. The male stays with the female while she incubates the eggs. The nest is usually located over water in a down-lined tree hollow about 6-10 m high. Sometimes nests are placed on the ground, among clumps of grass near water, lined with down. Males do not assist with incubation but do look after the young when hatched. Once hatched, the young are ready to swim. Both parents protect their brood.
Slightly bigger and darker than the Grey Teal. Males look very diiferent to the Grey Teal. They have a distinctive green head and chestnut body plumage.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The Chestnut Teal is sexually dimorphic. This means that males and females have quite different plumages.
Omnivore. Feeds on seeds, insects and some vegetation.
Found in wetlands and estuaries in coastal regions. They need hollow trees in water or short grasslands near water for nesting.
Native to Australia