Native to a small geographic area in South America,but has been a frequent aviary specimen. Likes to nest in tree holes, nest boxes (like wood ducks). 5-8 whitish eggs. Incubation 23 days. Eats primarily vegetable matter but will also need a source of protein (pelleted feed). A dabbling duck but is a strong flier and perches well. The 'Ring' in Ringed Teal refers to a patch of white of the wing coverts. The female is dark and drab and unlike Mallard relatives, the male has no eclipse plumage.