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Cape Teal

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Sometimes called the Cape Wigeon (although they are not closely related to the Wigeons) in it's native Africa, this teal often seen in American collections and are easy to keep and breed. Like most tropical ducks, the Cape Teal males do not undergo an eclipse period, and keep their breeding plumage year-round. They are attractive ducks, that are mostly gray with dark brown spots and light spotted underparts. The sexes are similar, although the males are larger and may have a slightly darker bill than the females.


The Cape Teal begin laying in May and June in captivity and prefer to nest in clumps of thick grass and other vegetation. They will also use nesting boxes (I will have a sheet on building nest boxes soon). Clutches number from 7 to 9 cream-colored eggs with incubation lasting about 25-26 days. The ducklings, like all teal species, are delicate and small. If you are to allow the hen to raise her own young, make sure the aviary is escape and predator proof.
Like most other captive Teal, the aviaries do not need to be very large, as long as there is plenty of cover for the hens to nest. A 200 square foot aviary that is about 6 feet high (I recommend covered pens, as opposed to free-ranging pinioned ducks) would work great for a few pairs of small teal. If building a pond is out of the question, no need to worry, as these teal will gladly use large watering tubs that are filled with clean water to bathe and breed.



General Comments

This teal is an excellent choice for keeping in a mixed collection. They are not bothersome to other ducks and not small enough to be bullied by larger species. Since they are a tropical species, a shelter is needed during the Winter. I keep plenty of dry straw down and also use heat lamps in a shelter that is only opened to the south and they have made it through some pretty harsh January nights here in Missouri. I also provide them a source of open water during the winter that is warmed by the heat lamps.



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