The Salvadori’s teal feeds on aquatic invertebrates, tadpoles and small fish by diving, dabbling and tipping up; a way of feeding whereby the bird remains floating on the surface of the water and just turns upside down to search for food (2) (4).
It has a long breeding season, which seems to vary by elevation, although the majority of nests have been observed from June to September, during which two to four eggs are laid in a nest hidden among bankside vegetation, or in tufts of grass on boulders located in the river. The nests are lined with a thick layer of down, and the eggs are incubated for over 28 days, probably by the female (9) (10) (11).
Salvadori’s teal appear to be sedentary ducks that do not travel far in their lifetime (2). As they are territorial birds they probably occur at low densities throughout their range, which may be another reason why they are so rarely sighted.