04 April, 2010

Blue-winged Teal

Scientific Name: Anas discors

Population Estimate: 4.6M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Breeds across central North America and throughout Canada, favouring small, shallow freshwater such as the prairie-pothole region. Migrates early to the southern US, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Field Notes: Small dabbling duck, much smaller than a Mallard. Breeding male with slate blue head and white crescent behind the bill. Female and eclipse male similar to other dabbling ducks. Both sexes with powder-blue patch on wings in flight.

Personal Notes: Frequently seen alongside the Northern Shoveler on a spring trip through South Dakota. 

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