A Bird Haiku Per Day in May Day 25: Green-winged Teal

Photo by Jeremy Schwartz

A petite dabbler

Head painted emerald, chestnut

Delicately swims

Another common type of North American duck, the green-winged teal can be found in marshes and wetlands all across the country. It most stands out among its aquatic cousins because of its size; it’s the smallest dabbling duck in North America and looks strikingly petite next to the common mallard. Look for the telltale green and chestnut heads on the males and a sometimes hidden green patch on the wings of both sexes. Also keep an ear out for the male’s whistle-like call.

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