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Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Kookaburra

About the Blue-winged Teal

Also known as: Bluewing

The Blue-winged Teal is a small duck that breeds across much of North America. Some of these migratory waterfowl head as far south as South America to spend the winter.

Blue-winged Teal are dabbling ducks, which means that they feed in shallow water by dunking their heads under to search for food, or eating food on the surface of the water, like duckweed. They feed mostly on vegetation but will also take insects or mollusks for a snack.

Blue-winged Teal are named for their lovely blue wing coverts, which are light or sky blue in color. Swimming males can be recongnized by the white facial crescent present between the bill and eyes.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 May 2012
Scientific Name Anas discors
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. discors
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14.2 to 16.1 inches
22 to 24.4 inches
8.1 to 19.2 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Marreca-de-asa-azul (Brazilian)
  • 蓝翅鸭 (Chinese)
  • čírka modrokřídlá (Czech)
  • Blåvinget And (Danish)
  • Blauwvleugeltaling (Dutch)
  • sinisiipitavi (Finnish)
  • Sarcelle à ailes bleues (French)
  • Blauflügelente (German)
  • Anatra aliazzurre americana (Italian)
  • ミカヅキシマアジ [mikadukishimaaji] (Japanese)
  • Blåvingeand (Norwegian)
  • cyranka modroskrzydła (Polish)
  • Голубокрылый чирок (Russian)
  • Cerceta Aliazul (Spanish)
  • Blåvingad årta (Swedish)