Blue-winged Teal

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 May 2012
Scientific Name
Anas discors
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. discors
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14.2 to 16.1 inches
22 to 24.4 inches
8.1 to 19.2 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Marreca-de-asa-azul
Chinese (汉语) 蓝翅鸭
Czech (Cesky) čírka modrokřídlá
Danish (Dansk) Blåvinget And
Dutch (Nederlands) Blauwvleugeltaling
Finnish (Suomi) sinisiipitavi
French (Français) Sarcelle à ailes bleues
German (Deutsch) Blauflügelente
Italian (Italiano) Anatra aliazzurre americana
Japanese (日本語) ミカヅキシマアジ [mikadukishimaaji]
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåvingeand
Polish (Polski) cyranka modroskrzydła
Russian (русский язык) Голубокрылый чирок
Spanish (Español) Cerceta Aliazul
Swedish (Svenska) Blåvingad årta
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