Monday, December 21, 2020

Green-winged Teal


Green-winged Teal become abundant at the Nisqually wildlife refuge in the winter. These ducks have a broad diet, eating seeds, aquatic insects and larvae, mollusks and crustaceans. They feed on whatever is locally abundant. They often feed in shallow water. These teal typically dabble or catch prey with their bill above water. They are also known to probe in mud, like this on at low tide on 14 December 2020, capturing nematodes, ostracods, and copepods just above the mud sediments (Johnson et al. 2020). 

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