- Anas discors
L. 14-16" (36-41 cm)
- Small brown duck
- Pale blue shoulder patches.
- Gray head
- White crescent in front of eye
- Mottled brown, similar to female Cinnamon Teal, but with obscure patterning on face
- Grayer and larger billed than female Green-winged, with pale blue shoulder patches like male.
Breeds from southeastern Alaska and western Canada to Canadian Maritimes and south to northeastern California, New Mexico, and New York.
Winters from southern California, southern Texas, and the Carolinas southward through tropical America.
Vagrants are record in the British Isles annually, but some may have escaped from wildfowl collections.
This is a monotypic species.
Subspecies orphna is generally considered invalid.
Marshes, shallow ponds, and lakes.
These birds fly in small groups or flocks.
The female incubates the 9-12 dull white eggs in a down-lined hollow concealed in grass near water. The male guards.
Soft lisping or peeping note. Female utters a soft quack.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
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