Teal are a common,
fast-flying dabbling duck, often forming tight compact flocks as they wheel and
turn in unison. Green-winged Teal tolerate cold weather better than other
teal, and can thus be found further north in the winter. They are the
smallest of the "dabbling ducks" found in the United States.
Habitat: Marshes and shallow ponds and
lakes in the breeding season. Found in similar habitats during winter and
in migration, but can also be found in shallow coastal bays and estuaries.
Diet: Primarily feeds on plant
material, including seeds, grasses, and aquatic plants. Also will eat
insects, crustaceans, and mollusks.
Behavior: Usually travels in small flocks,
although at major migration stopovers, flocks may number in the thousands.
They rest out of the water more than many ducks, and can sometimes be found
on low-hanging branches and logs. Foraging is primarily by upending in
shallow water, filtering mud through the bill, and by picking items from the
Nesting: Late May and June
Migration: Summers throughout Canada, Alaska, and
much of the northern and western United States. Winters in the southern half of
the United States and points south.
Similar Species: Male generally distinctive, female
difficult to correctly identify.
Conservation Status: Generally stable throughout it's range,
probably increasing in numbers. The IUCN currently lists the Green-winged
Teal as a species of "Least Concern".
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Green-winged Teal"
eNature.com: Green-winged Teal
Photo Information: April 1st, 2012 - Dewey Gevik
Nature Area near Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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