Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

North America


Habitat

Prefers shallow ponds with lots of emergent vegetation; along the coast, it prefers tidal creeks, mudflats, and marshes to more open water


Diet

Seeds of sedges, smartweeds, pondweeds, and grasses, aquatic insects, mollusks, crustaceans and tadpoles

Weight

5 - 17.6 oz.

Length

12 - 15.4 in.

Wingspan

20.5 - 23.2 in.

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Male green-winged teal have a chestnut head with an iridescent green to purple patch extending from the eyes to the nape of the neck.
  • Female green-winged teal are mottled brown with a dark brown line that extends from the bill through the eye.
  • They are dabbling ducks: a type of shallow water duck that feeds primarily along the surface of the water or by tipping headfirst into the water to graze on aquatic plants and vegetation.
  • They are most abundant along the Mississippi and Central flyways, where the coastal marshes and rice fields of Louisiana and Texas provide ideal habitat.
  • Typically nervous and takes flight-rising almost vertically from the water's surface-at slightest sign of danger.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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