Green-wings are the smallest of North American teal. Drakes average only eleven ounces and hens just over ten. This proves again that beauty often comes in small packages. This variety is not only the smallest but also one of the most challenging to bring down. There speed and dart-like maneuvering often baffles hunters. Green-wings like to nest around wooded potholes and streams, and in stands of willow or brush that may be a quarter-mile from the nearest water. There were big ducks and little ducks, and that’s about as far as it went. Big ducks were best, unless they were mergansers, and little ducks weren’t considered much unless they were teal.
*Text sources provided by Michael McIntosh, Wild Fowl of North America, published by Brown & Bigelow Inc. St. Paul Minnesota.
Species Identification compiled by George Austin McCurry