You are watching a live cam of Chestnut Teal ducks nesting in Australia. Chestnut Teal nest in late July to January. This nest is in a man made wooden duck nest box, it’s lined in down and made with small sticks.. The female will usually leave to feed twice per day. She leaves once early in the morning and…

another time in the afternoon. Don’t see any eggs? It’s because she has covered them with down to protect and keep them warm while she is out.

The female duck incubates her(usually around 8) eggs for about 28 days before the little ducklings hatch. The eggs will show a pip for up to 2 days before hatching. First year hens(females) will only lay 4-5 eggs and usually don’t have nearly as much down in their nest. At all times the drake(male) will stay nearby, protecting the nest.

Once hatched, Chestnut Teal ducklings will stay in the saftey of their nest for less than a day. Within 24 hours the little ducklings leave, joining their parents. Both parents will stay with their offspring until they can fly.

An Interesting fact, Chestnut Teal ducklings can walk and swim less than 24 hours after hatching.

Where Chestnut Teal live:

Chestnut Teal are one of the most versital duck species in Australia. They have a habitat far inland all the way out to coastal areas in the southeast and southwest of Australia. They’re one of a few Australian duck species that is not effected by salt or brackish water. This allows them to thrive in areas where other ducks may not be able to survive. For even more information about Chestnut Teal including a real time range map and lots of photos check out ebird.org. Camera owners website – birdspyaustralia.com. More live wildlife cams.

Green Head(left side) is the male – photo by Ed Dunens

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