Green-winged Teal Duck
The Green-winged Teal Duck
Average length - Male 14.7", Female 14"
Average weight - Male 0.7 lbs., Female 0.6 lbs.
They are the smallest ducks in North America, they have small bills and short necks.Male green-winged teal have a chestnut head with an iridescent green to purple patch extending from the eyes to the nape of the neck. The wing coverts are brownish-gray with a green speculum. The bill is dark slate and the legs and feet are dark gray. Males have a distinctive high-pitched "preep-preep." Female green-winged teal are mottled brown with a dark brown line that extends from the bill through the eye. The bill is dark gray and the legs and feet are olive-gray to brownish-gray. Relatively silent but has a sharp, high "quack" when flushed.
Images of the Green-winged Teal Duck in action
Green-winged teal breed from Alaska, across Canada, into the Maritime Provinces, south into central California, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They prefer small, shallow permanent ponds near boreal forests that boast an abundance of emergent vegetation, but also nest in prairie pothole country or in areas with dense emergent vegetation. Female green-winged teal lay an average of 8-9 eggs.