LEAVITT & ALLEN.
Welcome to the Updated Child’s Book of Water Birds, by Anonymous. It was written in 1855 and this is 2013. That is 158 years ago.
The Teal is the smallest of the ducks. The Green-winged Teal is the American. It feeds on fresh-water insects, seeds, and aquatic plants. When fat it is considered a great luxury. It is almost always seen on well furnished tables. It generally feeds at night. It flies very swiftly, and utters a whistling cry.
This dabbling duck (the Green-winged Teal) flies south in the winter and will form large flocks.
This is the smallest North American dabbling duck. The male has grey flanks and back, with a yellow rear end and a white-edged green feathers. It has a chestnut head with a green eye patch. a vertical white stripe on side of breast. The females are light brown.
It is a common duck of sheltered wetlands, usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing. It nests on the ground, near water and under cover.
This is a noisy species. The male has a clear whistle, whereas the female has a feeble “quack”.
We also have Blue-winged Teals and Cinnamon Teals here in America.
See the other five Child’s Book of Water Birds:
Green-winged Teal – WhatBird
Blue-winged Teal – WhatBird
Cinnamon Teal – WhatBird
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