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SPECIES INFO

Bernier's Teal Anas bernieri (also known as Madagascar Teal) is a duck species of the genus Anas. It is endemic to Madagascar, where it is found only along the west coast.

This duck is 40 to 45 cm in length, and is predominately warm brown all over with conspicuous black scalloping, heaviest on flanks and breast. It has a black speculum, and its bill is pinkish gray and slightly upturned.

It prefers mangroves and rarely leaves this habitat where it favors open shallow ponds and lakes, preferably brackish. They tend to eat invertabrates. They nest in tree cavities, mainly mangrove.

This bird is threaten from extinction because of trapping, shooting and forest destruction.

The binomial commemorates the French surgeon Chevalier J A Bernier.





                                     



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