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Blue-winged Teal

Anas discors

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

TB

BTO 5

BLWTE

Euring 5

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Blue-winged Teal is a very rare migrant with around four records per year on average. It is most likely to occur from August to November. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-winged Teal: This small dabbling duck has a purple-grey head and a distinct white crescent on the face. The upperparts are scaled buff and dark brown; underparts are pale brown with many dark spots. The wings have a green speculum and a pale blue shoulder patch visible in flight. Flight is fast and direct with steady wing beats. It mainly feeds on plants. The sexes look similar.


Range and Habitat

Blue-winged Teal: Breeds in northern prairies and parklands of central North America and spends winters from Central America and the Caribbean south to Peru and northeastern Brazil. Preferred nesting habitats include wetland areas within grasslands, such as marshes, ponds, and lakes. Winter habitats are mostly swamps and shallow wetlands. Rare vagrant to the UK and Ireland.

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SONGS AND CALLS

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Blue-winged Teal A1

  • Title: Blue-winged Teal A1
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: High-pitched whistled "tsee" calls from two males, lower call from a female.
  • Location: ND
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Blue-winged Teal C1

  • Title: Blue-winged Teal C1
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: Calls from a large flock feeding in shallow water.
  • Location: FL
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Blue-winged Teal A2

  • Title: Blue-winged Teal A2
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Interactions between two males and a female.
  • Location: ND
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Blue-winged Teal C2

  • Title: Blue-winged Teal C2
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: High-pitched calls from males and quacks from females.
  • Location: FL
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Blue-winged Teal C3

  • Title: Blue-winged Teal C3
  • Recordist: Paul Marvin
  • Description: Quacks from a female.
  • Location: FL
  • Date: "March 15, 2017"

Voice Text

"Tsee tsee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of teal has many collective nouns, including a "coil", "dopping", "knob", "paddling", and "spring" of teal.
  • Blue-winged Teals have the highest annual mortality rate (reaching 65%) of all the dabbling ducks; possibly as a result of hunting and long over-ocean migration.
  • Their yellow legs are a distinction from other small ducks like Common Teal and Garganey. DNA analysis of this species has revealed its genetic make up to be almost identical to that of the Cinnamon teal.
  • They are more vocal than most ducks,their high-pitched peeping and nasal quacking is commonly heard in spring and to a lesser extent in fall.

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX