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Photo of a male blue-winged teal closeup of head.

Blue-Winged Teal Male

Male blue-winged teal have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads. The light blue patch on the forewing, and the greenish speculum (wing patch), are often hard to see unless the duck is in flight.

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Bye Hummingbirds, Hello Teal

As I watched the birds gather and dive bomb each other at my hummingbird feeder yesterday, I noticed that they actually looked pudgy.

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Conservation Commission sets dove and other early migratory bird seasons

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This year’s seasons for doves, teal, rails, snipe and woodcock are the same as last year’s.

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Dirt Today, Teal Tomorrow

While Duck Creek doesn’t typically provide much teal-hunting opportunity, in the coming years we should be able to increase the amount of teal-friendly habitat during this time of year.

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Early Birds

Sometimes the easiest ducks to fool are the hardest to hit.

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Photo of a male green-winged teal standing in shallow water, female in distance.

Green-Winged Teal

Their fast flight, abundance, and good-tasting meat make green-winged teal one of the most popular ducks for hunting. Like other popular migratory gamebirds, their numbers are carefully managed by state, federal, and international conservation agencies.

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Photo of a green-winged teal pair floating on water.

Green-Winged Teal

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The green-winged teal is a fast, graceful flyer with an iridescent green wing patch. Teals are relatively small dabbling ducks and have been called the “bantams of the duck tribe.”

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Photo of a female green-winged teal floating on water.

Green-Winged Teal Female

It can be difficult to distinguish between female green-winged teal and female blue-winged teal. On female green-winged teal, the undertail covert feathers are whitish and not spotted; they also lack the white spot at the base of the bill that is present in the female blue-winged teal.

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Photo of a female green-winged teal dabbling in mud on a pond bank.

Green-Winged Teal Female

The female green-winged teal has a brown body, a small bill, and a dark eye line. Both males and females have the iridescent green speculum (wing patch) that gives them their name.

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Photo of a female green-winged teal standing in shallow soggy grasses.

Green-Winged Teal Female

In Missouri, we mostly see green-winged teal as they migrate in spring and fall. As with most other North American migratory waterfowl, they require plenty of healthy wetlands and permanent ponds along their migration flyways and nesting territories.

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