Green- Winged Teal
by Caren Moyer
Green- winged teal breed from across Canada into the United States. They prefer small, shallow permanent ponds near forests of emergent vegetation, but also in prairie country. They lay an average of 8-9 eggs. The ducks migrate from Alaska to as far as South America. They are most abundant along the Mississippi flyway. They are common winter visitors to Central America.
In 1962, the population of the duck was at an all -time low of 722,000. In 2009, the population was at 3.4 million. Green- winged teal feed on seeds of sedges, smartweeds, pondweeds, grasses, an tadpoles.
*The above photo is of the male and female.