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Green-winged Teal


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A very small, brightly patterned duck, the Green-winged Teal prefers shallow ponds with lots of emergent vegetation. Along the coast, it prefers tidal creeks, mudflats, and marshes to more open water.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small duck.
  • Iridescent green patch in wings, with white stripe in front.
  • Yellowish tail stripe.
  • Male with white stripe up shoulder, dark reddish and green head.

Immature Description

Similar to adult female.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Female Blue-winged Teal is grayer brown, has white near the base of the bill, has a larger bill, has a large blue wing patch in front of the green one, and a dark, not white, belly.

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