Geographical Range North America; winters from southern United States to South America
Habitat Swamps, marshes, ponds, lakes, slow streams
Scientific Name Anas discors
Conservation Status Common

The blue-winged teal is named for the light blue patches of feathers on the inner portion of the wings. Otherwise its body is a light brown heavily covered with dark brown spots, a color pattern that helps it hide among wetland vegetation.

The teal eats seeds, roots, grasses and other aquatic plants, as well as snails, insects and crustaceans. It normally prefers to eat close to shore, often under plant cover to ensure its safety.

This little duck makes an exhausting migration each year. It spends the warmer months throughout much of North America, then migrates south to the Gulf Coast, Mexico, Central and South America for the winter.