blue-winged teal

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\ 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

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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 This past week’s full moon saw the first trickles of blue-winged teal migrating south from their nesting grounds on prairies of the north-central U.S. and south-central Canada, many of the little ducks headed for Texas. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Teal hunters await answers to 2 key questions," 21 Aug. 2019 Birds noted on South Monomoy Island included 2 blue-winged teal, 3 Northern shovelers, 14 Northern pintails, a glaucous gull, 5 American oystercatchers, and a snowy owl. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 30 Apr. 2018 And at 45,130 birds, blue-winged teal were down 47% from 2017 and 58% below the long-term mean. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: As habitat dwindles, duck numbers deserve a close watch," 4 July 2018 Birds at Mill Pond in Barnstable included 3 blue-winged teal, a Northern pintail, 5 American wigeon, 18 ring-necked ducks, and a bald eagle. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 12 Mar. 2018 Guide Ray Sexton reported limits of blue-winged teal and gadwalls. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 11," 10 Jan. 2018 It was followed in the next 20 minutes by lone mallards and blue-winged teal. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Sultry weather, moderate duck flights mark Wisconsin's north zone opener," 30 Sep. 2017 For opening day, our six-member camp took 14 ducks, including seven woodies, five mallards, one blue-winged teal and one hooded merganser. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Sultry weather, moderate duck flights mark Wisconsin's north zone opener," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of blue-winged teal

circa 1733, in the meaning defined above

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