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All three ducks were captive hatched at Akron Zoo and donated to CuriOdyssey in October 2014.
The Blue-winged Teal is a gregarious bird, associated in flocks, often with other species of waterfowl. They are named blue-winged because there is a patch of blue on the forewings of both sexes. In flight, the Blue-winged Teal is swift, reaching speeds of up to 72 km/h (45 mph).
Hatched July/August 2014
Diet in the Wild
Seeds, green plants, aquatic invertebrates
Diet at the Museum
Waterfowl kibble, chopped greens, worms
In the Wild: average between 10-17 years, up to 23 years has been recorded
In Captivity: 10-17 years, up to 23 years has been recorded
Marshes, wetlands near lakes and ponds
During summer they are found throughout southern Canada/Alaska and the continental U.S.; during winter they migrate to the southern U.S., Mexico, and tropical South America.
Conservation status is “least concern.” The Blue-winged Teal is the second most abundant duck in North America, behind the Mallard. They are protected under the Migratory Bird Act, and there are bag limits set (for hunters) in order to keep the populations healthy.