bluewinged teal (Anas discors)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
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
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
Dark crown and eye line
Pale eye ring, and loral spot
Mottled gray-brown body plumage with darker back
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.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 6-15
Length of Incubation: 24(23-27) days
Days to Fledge: 35-44
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly seeds, green plant matter; lesser quantities of aquatic
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November Acc
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley