Green-Winged Teal

Anas carolinensis

The Green-Winged Teals are year-round residents at a few places in North America such as the norther Great Basin in southeast Oregon, southern Idaho, northern Utah, most of Wyoming, and eastern Washington through western Montana. Most of North America north of this region, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, is home to these small ducks in the breeding season. In winter, most Green-Winged Teals move south. Their western winter homes include most of the continent from Alaska’s southeastern panhandle to most of Mexico and the southeastern USA below the Mason-Dixon line.

Some authorities lumped the Green-Winged Teal and the Common Teal (Anas crecca), but most seem to agree that based on behaviour and DNA evidence, this bird deserves its own species status. Other scientists recognise a single species of Green-Winged Teals with three subspecies, the Eurasian contingent, the Aleutian contingent, and the North America contingent.

Green-Winged Teals are the smallest of the clan of dabbling ducks. During the breeding season, they seek lakes, streams and marshlands to nest in a depression near brush or tall grass habitats where they can conceal their nests from above.

To date, I’ve only met these ducks in their winter homes. In the future I hope to make their aquantance near their nesting grounds.

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