• Type: Puddle Duck
• Incubation: 23-27 days
• Clutch Size: 6-15 eggs
• Young Fledge: 35-44 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: vegetation, seeds, and aquatic invertebrates
The secondary coverts of this teal are blue with no white margin, although there may be some white between their blue secondary coverts and speculum. The speculum is green and the males can be identified by a white crescent in front of their eye.
Habitat and Habits
Their small size and twisting turning flight gives the illusion of great speed. The small, compact flocks commonly fly low over the marshes. They can be easy to miss because blue-winged teal like to lurk in relatively dense marsh vegetation, as do other teal. Drakes make a rather harsh, low quacking sound - kek, kek, kek - and females can sound similar, but less harsh. The males often can be heard delivering a rather melodious peeping sound, often given in flight.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
The nest is a down-lined hollow concealed in grass near water. Unlike other dabbling ducks that form pairs in the fall, this teal begins courting in the spring and often does not acquire the familiar breeding plumage until December or January.