Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

GWTE

Code 6

ANACRE

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Unknown

The Green-winged Teal has a large range, estimated globally at over 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, this bird prefers an inland wetlands ecosystem. The population is estimated to be between 6,500,000 and 7,600,000 individuals globally and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of these population trends, the current evaluation status of the Green-winged Teal is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Green-winged Teal: Small dabbling duck with pale, gray-barred sides and buff breast with a white bar down the side. Head is chestnut-brown with green ear patch. Bill is dark gray and legs and feet are olive-gray to gray-brown. Speculum is flashy green bordered with brown above and white below.


Range and Habitat

Green-Winged Teal: Breeds from the arctic regions of northern Alaska and Canada south to northern California, Colorado, Nebraska, and New York. Spends winters in southern states, along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and throughout Mexico. Preferred habitats include marshes, ponds, and marshy lakes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"KRICK-et", "quack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The American and Eurasian forms of the Green-winged Teal were formerly considered different species.
  • It was considered conspecific with the Common Teal for some time, and the issue is still being reviewed by the American Ornithologists' Union.
  • This is the smallest North American dabbling duck.
  • A group of teal has many collective nouns, including a "coil", "dopping", "knob", "paddling", and "spring" of teal.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Green-winged Teal

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Ear patchX
Consists of soft, loose-webbed feathers on the side of the bird's head below and behind the eyes.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X