Marbled Teal: here’s the scoop


Over 50% of their suitable habitat may have been destroyed during the 20th century. Wetland drainage for agriculture occurs across its range, most significantly in Iraq where the species remains threatened by fluctuating water levels and local water shortages. In addition to habitat loss, marbled teal are also threatened by illegal hunting, pollution, and poisoning.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Marbled Teal. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.


Marbled Teal

Scientific name

Marmaronetta angustirostris


Freshwater and brackish ponds and lakes with well-vegetated shorelines


Aquatic plants, seeds and insects

life expectancy

20 – 30 years

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Scattered throughout the Mediterranean basin and into Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, northwest India and northwestern Africa. 

Conservation status


Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve