greenwinged teal (Anas crecca)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • Length: 10.5 inches Wingspan: 24 inches

  • Very small, short-necked, and small-billed dabbling duck

  • Green speculum

  • Whitish belly

  • Juvenile similar to adult female

Adult male alternate:

  • Alternate plumage worn from fall through early summer

  • Dark bill

  • Rich rust-colored head

  • Iridescent green face patch sweeping through eye and tapering to the          back of head

  • Buff chest with dark spotting

  • Gray flanks and back

  • Vertical white line at fore part of flanks

  • Horizontal black line above flanks

  • Buff outer undertail coverts bordered by black

  • Black central undertail coverts

Adult male basic:

  • Similar to adult female, but with duller face pattern

Adult female:

  • Dark gray bill

  • Pale brown head and neck

  • Dark brown cap and eye line

  • Dark brown back and upperwing coverts scalloped with buff

  • White breast spotted with brown

  • White belly

Similar species:

Adult male unmistakable in winter. Females, immature and eclipse
males similar to most female ducks, but are very small, short-billed,
and have a distinctive wing pattern that is sometimes visible at rest.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 6-18
Length of Incubation: 21-23 days
Days to Fledge: 34
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Almost exclusively 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 R

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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