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Louisiana birding with the blue winged teal

You can’t find anywhere in the country that is as good a place for bird watching as the Louisiana coast. Birding trails in our beautiful state are home to, or at least a destination along the migration path, for more than 400 different species of birds each and every year! With that fact in mind, we are bringing our focus to one bird each week to learn a little more about these feathered friends. This week, we examine the Blue-winged teal.

What does a Blue-winged teal look like?

This bird is a type of duck, and as the name indicates, the wings have a bluish tint. The coloring is more vibrant on males than on females, but both have blue tints to their wings and grey/black beaks. They are between 14 and 16 inches long and weight about a pound.

Blue-Winged Teal

Where are they found?

The blue-winged teal can be found in many parts of the country, generally in the north during colder months and in the south when it is cold. The bird usually builds its nest near water, so in Louisiana their nests are usually located near our marshes. They usually migrate to Louisiana earlier than other birds, so they are a common sight for winter bird watchers.

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