Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca
Green-winged teal are small dabbling ducks/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The Green-winged teal prefers inland wetlands and ecosystems. It is a common visitor to the refuge troughout the fall, winter and spring. It is generally seen in marshes and shallow ponds, although it will also frequent wet fields. It feeds on seeds, aquatic plants, tadpoles, mollusks and crustaceans by dabbling, upending or grazing.  Its food type changes according to the season and availability.

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Facts About Green-winged Teal

Smallest North American dabbling duck

Green ear and eye patch on a rusty colored head

Flies in fast twisting flocks