Blue-winged Teal

(Spatula discors)

Conservation Status
Blue-winged Teal
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

14 to 16 in length

23 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Shallow lake edges, ponds, and wetlands

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

April to September

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Spatula (shovelers and allies)  
       
 

This species was originally placed in the genus Anas. A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2009 showed that the genus contained members with different evolutionary ancestors – it was polyphyletic. The genus was split into four new genera. This species and nine others were placed in the resurrected genus Spatula.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

The eastern population has been treated as a subspecies, Anas discors orphna, but that separation is not been widely accepted. There are currently no recognized supspecies.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Anas discors

Anas discors discors

Anas discors orphana

Querquedula discors

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Blue-winged Teals...

Blue-winged certainly fits their description.

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They eventually all flew off together.

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Spatula discors

 
     

 

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  Blue-winged Teal (Anatidae: Spatula discors) Male and Female
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 13, 2010

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 May 2010).

   
       
  Male Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)
Kevin Cavallin
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2011

I got lucky today and saw a few different species of ducks

   
       
  Blue-winged Teal
Karen Hogan
 
   
 
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Published on Dec 15, 2013

Blue-winged Teal at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge 3-28-13. Video 5686

   
       
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Janelle Streed
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2011

Wild Blue-winged Teal (male and female) on a slew in Minnesota. May 2011 Blessings

   
       
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Philip Parsons
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 11, 2013

Blue-winged Teal, drake, filmed at Wellington gravel pits, New workings, Herefordshire, England on Sunday 10th November 2013. Filmed using high magnification.Best viewed using 1080p HD or 720p HD!

   
       

 

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Ramona Abrego

Location: Becker County

Blue-winged Teal


Dan W. Andree
5/3/2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn

They eventually all flew off together.

Blue-winged Teal


Bill Reynolds
5/16/2008

Agassiz WMA

Blue-winged Teal


     
     
 
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