Blue-winged Teal - Anatidae Anas discors
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Blue-winged Teal, Dabbling Ducks, Anatidae Anas discors, Bear River MBR, Box Elder County, Utah, June 6, 2004, ©NJDavis

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June 6, 2004  - Bear River MBR, Box Elder County, Utah - ©NJDavis

L 15.5 WS 23, Dabbling duck, White hip-patch, White crescent in front of eye, Light blue patches on forewing.

Prefers small lakes in open grasslands in summers and marshes or protected coastal areas in winter. A dabbling duck that skims the water surface with bill or reaches below the surface with head and neck.  Eats seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic plants. Males do aggressive chin-lifting display to one another while female's display is inciting. Lays 6-15 dull white eggs in nest of grasses lined with down and placed in grassy cover close to water.  One brood per season with an incubation period of 23-27 days.  Chicks of precocial.

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