Green-Winged Teals are the smallest of the America Teals, with short, blocky bodies. They have a large head, short neck, relatively small bill, and a tail that sits high out of the water. Both sexes have deep-green wing patches that are visible when in flight. The breeding male has a rich cinnamon head and a vivid green eyepatch. His body is mostly gray with a yellow rear end and a green speculum edged in white. Females are brown with a yellow streak along the tail. Green-Winged Teals are fairly easy to maintain and breed in captivity. These hardy birds fare well in mixed collections, as long as larger species do not bully them.
Scientific Name: Anas carolinensis or Anas crecca carolinensis
Native to: North America
Average Length: 13.8”
Average Weight: 0.60 lbs.
Photo Credit: Dick Daniels