bluewinged teal (Anas discors)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • 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

  • Dark bill

  • 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

Adult female:

  • Pale head

  • Dark crown and eye line

  • Pale eye ring, and loral spot

  • Mottled gray-brown body plumage with darker back

Similar species:

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.

 

LIFE HISTORY

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
   invertebrates

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     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
            numbers.
     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.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
R
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November
Acc

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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