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The blue-winged teal (Anas discors) is a small dabbling duck from North America. The blue-winged teal is 40 cm (16 in) long, with a wingspan of 58 cm (23 in), and a weight of 370 g (13 oz). The adult male has a greyish blue head with a white facial crescent, a light brown body with a white patch near the rear and a black tail. The adult female is mottled brown, and has a whitish area at base of bill. Both sexes have sky-blue wing coverts, a green speculum, and yellow legs.
Blue-winged teal inhabit shoreline more often than open water and prefer calm water or sluggish currents to fast water. They inhabit inland marshes, lakes, ponds, pools, and shallow streams with dense emergent vegetation. This pair was feeding in an old rice field at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge near Hardeeville (Jasper County), SC.
The call of the male is a short whistle; the female's call is a soft quack.
Spotted on Mar 22, 2014
Submitted on Jan 4, 2015