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Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca

Dabbling Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 27 cm Wingspan: 60 cm

Description: The green-winged teal is another easily identified dabbler. The drake has a cinnamon head with a dark beak. There is a green patch with a white outline that runs from the eye, towards the base of the nape. The breast is buff, spotted with brown and the side is bluish with a distinctive white patch near the front. While swimming, the green of the speculum is visible just forward of the tail.

Hens are much more drab. They are brown with a darker forehead, crown, nape and back. The bill is dark, with a light patch near its base. The cheeks, neck, breast and sides are light, mottled with brown. There is a faint dark eye stripe. Like the drakes, the green of the speculum is visible when swimming.

Similar Species: The American widgeon also has a green eye patch, but the whitish head and blue bill of the widgeon quickly distinguish it from the green-winged teal.

Range: Green-winged teals are a western dabbler, found in Canada and the United States west of the Great Lakes. They are a regular nester in both the Canadian and American Rockies. In the southern US Rockies, green-winged teals may remain year-round.

Habitat: Wetlands, in particular shallow marshes, ponds, lakes and rivers.

Diet: They feed on seeds of aquatic and other plants, as well as on small aquatic invertebrates. They are also fond of tadpoles.

Nesting: They build a small grass lined hollow on the ground near water. The hen will lay 10-12 cream to olive-buff eggs which will hatch after 23-24 days. The precocial chicks will leave the nest soon after hatching. They fly at approximately 44 days.

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