Blue-Winged Teal

Blue-Winged Teal
Photo: USFWS

Bluewings are pint-sized ducks with chalky-blue shoulder patches on the front of the wing. The bill is relatively large. Males are grayish above, tan spotted with dark below. A white face crescent is present by early winter in adults. The female is brownish-gray above, pale gray marked with dark below.

Flight is erratic, and the bluewing’s small size and twisting turns give the illusion of great speed. The small, compact flocks usually fly low.

Blue-Winged Teal Key Field Marks

Very small dabbling duck with large, chalky-blue patches on the forewing.




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