FAL162 Feathers £0.78 Teal Duck Stamp
78p Yellow-billed Teal – Anas flavirostris
The Yellow-billed teal is the smallest species of duck we have in the Falkland Islands and can usually be found on small, freshwater ponds or in ditches where there is cover available for hiding their nests and ducklings. They have a striking feather pattern, and like all ducks, waterproofing of the feathers is very important. A lot of time and effort must be put into preening to maintain the feathers; a special preen gland near the base of the tail produces oil, which the birds spread over their feathers in order to keep them waterproof.