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Blue-winged Teal - Anas discors

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 11 inches Wingspan: 24 inches
  • Small dabbling duck
  • Medium-sized bill without spatulate tip
  • Pale blue upper secondary coverts
  • Green speculum with white leading edge
  • Dark bill
  • Juvenile similar to adult female

Adult male alternate:

  • Alternate plumage worn from early winter through early summer
  • Blue-gray head with darker cap
  • White crescent on face in front of eye
  • Buff breast and flanks with darker spotting
  • White band at rear portion of flanks
  • Black undertail coverts

Adult male basic:

  • Similar to adult female, but forewing brighter

Adult female:

  • Pale head
  • Dark crown and eye line
  • Pale eye ring, and loral spot
  • Mottled gray-brown body plumage with darker back

Similar species:

Adult in alternate plumage is unmistakable. Female, immature and eclipse male similar to Green-winged and Cinnamon Teals. Note the small size and small bill of the Green-winged Teals as well as the green speculum. Cinnamon Teal is very difficult to distinguish in some (female) plumages, but note the smaller bill without a spatulate tip and the more distinct facial pattern (pale loral spot and more distinct eye line) of the Blue-winged Teal.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

Above information used courtesy of United States Geological Survey.

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