The Puna Teal (Anas puna) is a dabbling duck. It was included as a subspecies of the buff-cheeked Silver Teal. This species is commonly found on lakes at high elevations in the Andes from Peru south to Chile and Argentina. They do not migrate north or south, but will change altitude with the seasons.
Both males and females have similar plumage features. It is a long narrow bird with a very distinctive long powder blue bill with a black line down the middle. Males are larger than females. The Puna Teal is about 19 inches in length. The back, chest and lower flanks are light brown with dark brown spotting. They have a black cap that extends to below the eyes. Their lower face and neck are whitish.
Puna are hardy and will thrive on grain and pellets. It is very important to keep rats and wild birds away from the duck feed to prevent the onset of diseases such as Bird Flu or Avian Flu. This can be avoided with the PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Duck Feeder as the feed is eaten straight away. Crumble can be fed through the 3/8 inch regulator disc. The ¼ inch regulator disc can be used when the feed is millet or mash.
Nest sites are of different types. They prefer natural cover if available and a favourite site is on the top of a clump of Pampas grass. Clutch size is 6-10 eggs. Incubation that takes about 25 days brings forth very fluffy grey ducklings. Puna Teals Ducks feed on larvae and pupae often found under rocks, as well as aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.