Male Green Winged Teal mid autumn in Park Pointe-aux-Prairies

Green Winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)

Green winged teal is a common duck, the smallest dabbling duck of North America and stays during summer in the more Northern areas of Canada. It is a strongly migratory bird, wintering in Southern USA and Mexico.

How To Identify

Although smaller than other similar ducks, size can be misleading when you are not able to compare sizes in the field. I look for males. They have a brown head with a clearly visible green eye patch. Females are more difficult to identify. A hint is the green color patch on the inner wings which you can see if the bird flies or spreads its wings.

Where and When to Spot

I observed two females or juveniles on a pond in Newfoundland but I haven’t saved that location as the it was my first sighting and I was not 100% sure about the id. The second time, I observed a flock of green winged teal on a pond in Park Pointe-aux-Prairies. This time no doubt about the id.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 3200

Taxonomy

Anseriformes
Anatidae
Anas carolinensis