These ducks are very vocal, and the native Guyana name for them, “Roppong,”  imitates the squeaky whistling noise the males make.

What They Eat

Lesser Brazilian teal feed by dabbling in shallow water near the shore. They eat seeds, fruit, roots, and insects. Ducklings are insectivorous and catch mosquitoes and flies.

Where They Live

Small pools, lakes and marshes in the wet, lowland forests of Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil.

What They Do

Breeding pairs form long lasting bonds. They usually nest on or near the ground, in dense vegetation, with a tunnel-like opening.  Males are involved in brooding and care of the ducklings.

How They’re Doing

The population of these ducks is stable due to their widespread distribution and the large population.

Where in the World

South America


Lakes and marshes

Conservation Status


Animal Facts

Length: 13.7-15.7 inches
Weight: 12.3-13.7 ounces average

Taxonomic Category


Where at the Zoo

Tropics Trail

  • Lesser Brazilian teal are normally seen in pairs, family groups, or small groups or 10-20 birds.
  • They have long tails and rounded wings which helps them to fly quickly and easily through trees.
  • These ducks are known to perch on branches over water sources.
  • They are very adaptable to a wide range of habitats, even those altered by humans.
  • In zoos, the male has been known to brood a nest while his female partner begins to incubate a second clutch of eggs.

Grey-winged trumpeter populations are decreasing due to deforestation and hunting. Forests of the Amazon River basin are being cleared for roads, cattle ranching, and crop production. The trumpeter’s poor ability to fly also leaves them prime targets for hunters.  Trumpeters are likewise commonly caught and kept as pets due to their natural “guard dog” like behavior.

Sherman, P.T., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2014). Grey-winged Trumpeter (Psophia crepitans). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 July 2015).