ANIMAL:Blue-Winged Teal Spatula discors
Type of Animal:
Wetlands, inland shallow waters, coastal shallow waters, shorelines, water edges, freshwater ponds, calm/sluggish current lakes, fresh/brackish/saltwater marshes, pools, calm/sluggish current streams w/ dense emergent vegetation, saltmarsh meadows w/ adjoining ponds/creeks, mudflats, bluegrass meadows, sedge meadows, hayfields, prairies/surrounding wetlands, prairie potholes, parklands, boreal forest wetlands, deciduous woodland/surrounding wetlands, rice fields, pond-marsh mixes, swamps, estuaries, mangroves, flooded crop fields, wetland areas within grasslands, sloughs, flooded ditches, sometimes seen flying over oceans
Found from SE Alaska & Canada (excluding Labrador, parts of Yukon, parts of NW Territories, Nunavut, & far N Manitoba) through most of continental US (excluding much of Arizona, S Utah, S Nevada, far W Oregon, & much of inland California) through Mexico, C America, Caribbean, Colombia, Ecuador, parts of Peru, W & N Venezuela, Guiana Shield, & NE Brazilian coast, also occurring on parts of Atlantic coast of E Brazil. Also found in Hawaii & Galapagos. Vagrants found in parts of Peru, Bolivia, SE Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, & Argentina as well as British Isles.
Males have grayish blue heads w/ white facial crescents, light brown body w/ white patch near rear, & black tail. Females mottled brown w/ whitish area at bill base. Both sexes have sky-blue wing coverts, green speculum patch, yellow legs, & dark bills. Nonbreeding males look similar to females.
Seeds, grass/weed stems, duckweed, pondweed, leaves, grains, water lilies, algae, phytoplankton, insects, insect larvae, crustaceans, mollusks
Status in Wild:
Breeding in aviculture & zoos. Protected under Migratory Bird Act w/ bag limits for hunters.
Flocks of 2-150 birds
Male: 1 lb
Female: 0.8 lbs
4-5 weeksLife Span:
Male: 1.25 ft
Female: 1.167 ft
Male: 1.25 ft
Female: 1.167 ft
Male: 2.89 in
Female: 2.87 in
Main predators of adults are snakes, snapping turtles, canids, felids, muskellunge, pike, corvids, bears, raccoons, otters, raptors, badgers, weasels, mink, skunks, crocodilians, & ground squirrels. Large birds & predatory fish eat ducklings.
Often seen w/ other waterfowl species.
2nd most common N American duck species after Mallards.
They’re dabbling ducks, feeding primarily on water’s surface or tipping headfirst into water.
One of 1st ducks to migrate northward in spring & 1st to migrate southward in fall.
Female’s call soft quack while male call is short whistle.
Breed from late spring to early summer.
Can reach speeds of 45 mph in flight.
Ducklings precocial being able to leave nest soon after hatching & capable of flight at 5 weeks old & fledge at 6-7 weeks. They become sexually mature at 6 months old.
Ring-Necked Pheasants sometimes lay eggs in teal nests.
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