Green-winged Teal

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Anas crecca

Green-winged Teal are the smallest of the dabbling ducks - about the size of a pigeon. The drake has a brownish head with a dark green patch extending back from the eyes. The chest is light brown flecked with brown spots. A white vertical band separates the chest from the gray back and sides. The hen is mottled brown. Both sexes have green wing patches.

Length: 15"
Weight: 14 oz.

illustration of green-winged teal hen and eclipse drake

Quite hardy—some birds stay as far north as open water is found.

The smallest and one of the most common of our ducks. Their tiny size gives the impression of great speed, but mallards can fly faster. Their flight is often low, erratic, with the entire flock twisting and turning as one unit.

illustration of green-winged teal wings

illustration of green-winged teal drake

They nest as far north as Alaska, and migrate in all four flyways. Early fall drakes are usually still in full eclipse plumage.

Green-winged Teal
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Drakes whistle and twitter; hens have a slight quack.