Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal
(Spatula discors)

Order:  Anseriformes
Family:  Anatidae

Blue-winged Teal - Breeding Male
Photo © Mike Danzenbaker

Blue-winged Teal Information

Length:  14 - 16"

Breeding habitat: Freshwater marshes, marshy vegetation at the edges of ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams.

Winter habitat: Shallow freshwater, brackish, or saltwater marches.

Diet:  Seeds of aquatic vegetation such as grasses, smartweeds, sedges, pondweeds; other aquatic plant matter; insects, crustaceans, mollusks.

  Male & female calls of Blue-winged Teal

  Identification tips for the Blue-winged Teal

Additional Information

Blue-winged Teal
Photos, habitat, nesting, diet, feeding behavior, migration, range map, songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Male and Female Blue-winged Teal

Male and Female Blue-winged Teal


Breeding Bird Survey Map

(This is an older map. More current map not available.)

Blue-winged Teal Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range Map for Blue-winged Teal
From Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS