Animals

Green-Winged Teal

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Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

History

Our Green-winged Teal had received a fractured wing in the wild and now only has partial flight ability. Donated from Sulfur Creek Nature Center in February 2015.

Fun Facts

They have a cinnamon colored head with an iridescent green eye patch, a pinkish breast with black spots, a yellowish tail strip, and a green patch on the wings. Breeding is from late April to early June. Females lay 6-10 eggs, one egg a day. Eggs are incubated for 20-24 dayes, young fledge at ~35 days.

Birth Date

Hatch-date unknown

Diet in the Wild

Vegetation, seeds and animal matter (insect larvae, aquatic invertebrates)

Diet at the Museum

Waterfowl kibble, chopped greens, worms

Life Span

In the Wild: 10-20 years
In Captivity: at least 20 years

Habitat

Prefer shallow ponds, wetlands and coastal marshes that have heavy vegetation, usually around parklands, forests, grasslands and meadows

Range

Breeding grounds include Canada, Alaska and northern U.S.; winter grounds include Western U.S., Mexico and southern U.S.

Conservation Status:

Green-winged Teals are common and widespread. Their breeding grounds are in areas that are largely untouched by humans so that has helped protect them.