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.