Saturday, 7 January 2012

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)

Adult male Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensisat Eyebrook Reservoir, Rutland  - January 2012

OTHER NAMES: Teal
Weight: 320-340g
Length: 34-38cm
Wingspan: 52-59cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Not Evaluated

The Green-winged Teal is the North American equivelant of our Eurasian Teal, and for the most part looks incredibly similar.  It is one of the more regular American vagrants, and so can compared to many, be picked up fairly easily if you happen to catch a report of one.  It is however, superficially very similar to the European species, and the feature to look out for is that vertical white stripe below it's shoulder, and a lack of a white stripe running along the wing. 

Related Species:
Order:
Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Subspecies: None - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A regular vagrant from North America.
 - A single individual associating with Common Teal at Eyebrooke Reservoir in January 2012. 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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