Andaman Teal (Anas albogularis)

The Andaman Teal bird, scientifically known as Anas gibberifrons albogularis, is a small but striking waterbird that is endemic to the Andaman Islands, which is a group of 325 islands located in the Bay of Bengal. These birds are members of the family Anatidae, which also includes ducks, swans, geese, and other waterfowl.

The Andaman Teal bird is a small-sized duck that measures around 40 cm in length, and weigh approximately 400 grams. Both male and female birds have similar physical characteristics, with the male birds having slightly brighter plumage than the female birds.

The male Andaman Teal bird has a dark greenish-brown head and neck, which fades into brownish-grey on the back and wings. The sides are white, and the breast is chestnut brown. In contrast, the female Andaman Teal bird is duller in color, with a grayish-brown head and neck, and pale brown breast.

The Andaman Teal bird is primarily found in freshwater wetlands, such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and rice fields. These birds feed on a variety of food, including aquatic plants, insects, snails, seeds, and small fish. They are also known to forage on land, where they feed on crops and insects.

The breeding season of the Andaman Teal bird typically starts in February and lasts until August. The birds build their nests on the ground near the water's edge, typically using grass and leaves, lined with feathers and down. Female birds lay around 5-8 eggs, which hatch after 25-30 days.

The population of the Andaman Teal bird is currently declining, primarily due to habitat loss, hunting, and disease. This bird is classified as near-threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in India.

Efforts are being made to conserve the Andaman Teal bird by implementing conservation programs such as habitat protection, awareness programs, and captive breeding. The Andaman Teal bird plays an important role in maintaining the ecological balance of the Andaman Islands, and its conservation is crucial to maintaining the biodiversity of the region.

Other names

Anas albogularis



Andaman Teal

xarxet de front boterut



andamanska kržulja

čírka andamanská



Sarcelle des Andaman


Alzavola delle Andamane



cyraneczka andamańska


Адаманский чирок

Andamanska krdža

kačica bielohrdlá

Cerceta de Andamán


Andaman Gri Çamurcunu

чирянка маврикійська