You’re a Green-winged teal!

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You were banded at Big Grass Marsh just west of Lake Manitoba in Manitoba last summer.

Your parents arrived in Riding Mountain National Park in the spring to nest. After mating, your mom laid you and seven other creamy-white eggs on the ground in a nest hidden by thick grass. Soon after hatching, you followed your mom to look for food at the beaver pond – a type of wetland. You loved to eat small invertebrates, seeds and plants from along the water’s surface.

After learning to fly you joined the other water birds at Big Grass Marsh. In October, your family started migrating south. Making many stops along the way, you arrived at the coastal wetlands of Louisiana, U.S.A. in December.

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Fast Facts:

  • a dabbling duck that feeds at water surface or by tipping up
  • smallest dabbling duck in North America
  • Because they nest in remote northern habitats, green-winged teal numbers continue to be healthy.