Green-winged teal (Anas crecca)

The green-winged teal is second only to the mallard in the number of birds that are shot by hunters. In Canada alone, about 150,000 green-winged teal are killed each year. However, this does not appear to have any longterm effect on the population size of this common little duck.


The green-winged teal breeds throughout most of Canada, including the northwest Pacific coast, and the maritime provinces. Year-round populations occur in the west-central United States. Migrants overwinter in the southern half of the United States and in Mexico.

Breeding occurs in freshwater environments. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.