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Photo of a male blue-winged teal floating on water.

Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors
Blue-winged teal are dabblers, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air. Males have a distinctive white crescent on their dark gray heads.

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

Blue-Winged Teal Female

Female blue-winged teal have a prominent dark eye line, a broken white eye ring, and a white spot between bill and eye. This helps distinguish them from other female teals.

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Photo of a female blue-winged teal floating in shallow water among cattails.

Blue-Winged Teal Female

Blue-winged teal sometimes breed in Missouri. Hens alone provide parental care. The nests, concealed by overarching vegetation, are built on dry ground near water.

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Photo of a female blue-winged teal floating on water with a few other ducks.

Blue-Winged Teal Female

The female blue-winged teal can be tricky to distinguish from the female green-winged teal. The blue wing patches and gray-brown speculum are usually only seen in flight. However, as they float on water, the dark, heavily spotted undertail coverts are usually visible.

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Photo of a male blue-winged teal floating on water.

Blue-Winged Teal Male

The adult male blue-winged teal is a small duck with a dark gray head and a white crescent on the face between bill and eye.

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Photo of a male blue-winged teal.

Blue-Winged Teal Male

Blue-winged teal are dabblers, often seen in shallows sifting water and mud for goodies, rarely diving but able to take flight by jumping directly from the water into the air.

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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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Learn about the Hooded merganser.

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