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Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors

Range

  • Extending as far north as Alaska and Canada, continuing throughout The United States and Mexico, and as far south as the Northern coast of South America.

Habitat

  • Ponds and lakes

Diet

  • Seeds
  • Insects
  • Crustaceans
  • Snails
  • Small clams
  • Vegetation

This migratory duck can cover distances of 4,000 miles in around a month (an average of 125 miles a day), starting in Canada and ending in South America.

The male’s distinctive “Halfmoon” face pattern is lost during the eclipse plumage of Summer and Fall when males and females look the same and are flightless for around a month. Both sexes display a blue and white wing pattern all year.

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