blue-winged teal

noun
\ ˈblü-ˌwiŋ(d)- How to pronounce blue-winged teal (audio) \

Definition of blue-winged teal

: a North American dabbling duck (Anas discors) with a blue patch on each wing and in the male a white crescent on each cheek

Examples of blue-winged teal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finger said the agency is developing a library of isotope data from birds known to nest in the state, including mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal and ring-necked ducks. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Isotope analysis of feathers offers new insight into waterfowl movements and reveals some surprises," 13 Sep. 2020 The fronts help spark the departure of blue-winged teal from their northern breeding grounds, one of the first and most pronounced waterfowl migrations each fall. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Forecast excellent for Texas’ early teal season," 10 Sep. 2020 Some species like mallards get back to the prairie early as possible and (breed), while others like gadwall or blue-winged teal arrive up to a month later. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Why Don’t We Hunt Ducks in the Spring?," 28 Aug. 2020 At Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Halifax, there were six blue-winged teals, a sora, and four sandhill cranes. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 14 Oct. 2019 Two blue-winged teals dabble in one pothole that’s sprung back to life with the rains. Washington Post, "Bringing the world’s buried wetlands back from the dead," 3 Dec. 2019 Among sightings were a blue-winged teal, a Nashville warbler, a Connecticut warbler, and two Cape May warblers. BostonGlobe.com, "► Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow:," 23 Sep. 2019 Reports from South Monomoy in Chatham included 25 blue-winged teal, 4 Northern pintails, 4 stilt sandpipers, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 27 white-rumped sandpipers, and 1,670 semipalmated sandpipers. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 3 Sep. 2019 The Swainson’s hawk goes from the North American plains to Argentina’s pampas, and the blue-winged teal migrates further south than any other waterfowl, flying to Venezuela and Peru. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "No wildebeests, but many other animals migrate through the Bay Area," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of blue-winged teal

circa 1733, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue-winged teal was circa 1733

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“Blue-winged teal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue-winged%20teal. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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