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Old Thursday 2nd April 2009, 19:30   #1
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Teal male & fem.

Can anyone tell me if these are Green Winged Teal an American suggest they are i took these pics in UK.

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Old Thursday 2nd April 2009, 19:33   #2
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They are Eurasian Teal, which used tobe just a subspecies of American Green Winged, but is now a full species. The main feature is the horizontal white stripe on the body as opposed to a vertical one on the American species.
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Many thanks Nick for your quick response.
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Yep, Eurasian Teals. BTW, great shots!
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The drake is certantly a Eurasian or common teal. As for the female from the picture alone it would be impossible to tell. I have kept both races in captivity and in the hand the females are virtually identical. Some American females might be a shade larger , but that would not be reliable ID feature.

I know they are supposed to be different species these days , but anyone who has closely handled and watched these two teal at close quarters would have serious doubts about this.
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