Blue-Winged Teal

Learn more about this beautiful bird!

Where do these birds breed?

Blue-Winged Teal breed primarily in the northern prairies and park lands of central North America. Their relative abundance generally increases from west to east and north to south within the prairie pothole region.

What does the nesting habitat include?

The nesting habitat includes wetland areas within grasslands, such as shallow marshes, sloughs, flooded ditches and temporary ponds.

Places where you can see this bird

More about breeding!

Pairs and small groups of this tiny dabbling duck inhabit shallow ponds and wetlands across much of North America. Blue-winged Teal are long distance migrants, with some birds heading all the way to South America for the winter. Therefore, they take off early on spring and fall migration, leaving their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada well before other species in the fall.
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