Blue-winged Teal

(Anas Discors)

Appearance:
Male - The male Blue-winged Teal has a grey-blue head with a large white facial cresent in front of the eye, black beak, the breast, abdomen, and flanks are reddish with fine black markings, a black tail, light blue upper wing coverts, green speculum, whitish underwing, and yellow legs and feet.
Female - The female is mottled brown with a whitish area around the beak, a dark crown, and a dark stripe through the eye.
Eclipse - The male in eclipse plumage is very similar to the female but has a darker head and may have a faint outline of a facial crescent. The eclipse male also retains its wing pattern.

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Size: - Typical Adult is 36-41cm (14-16in).

Food: - Aquatic plants, pondweed, seeds, aquatic insects, molluscs, and invertebrates.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, marshes, lakes, rivers, ponds, and coastal areas throughout North America. Winters further south in Central and South America.

Blue-winged Teal Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Begins April to May.

Eggs: - 10 to 12 (dull-white or olive colour).

Notes: - The Blue-winged Teal is a small dabbling duck and is very common throughout North America.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.

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