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Blue-Winged Teal

Spatula discors

The Blue-Winged Teal breeds across most of the USA and Canada, except the Southwest and Southeast USA. These birds are abundant in North America. Only the Mallard has a larger population.

Females build their nests in well-concealed places usually hidden from view from all directions, including from above. After reaching the breeding grounds, it may take days to decide on a proper nesting site. The male stands guard while the hen explores the area for a suitable site. These ducks spend less time on the breeding grounds than most dabblers, heading north late and leaving early.

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