Blue-winged Teal Anas discors   [Linnaeus, 1766]

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Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae
BTO Codes: TB, BLWTE EURING No: 1920
Number in Britain: 4 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 39 cm Wingspan: 62 cm Weight: M/F: 400 g    
Scientific name from: L.: anas=a duck and L.: discors=different
World Distribution: BREEDS: North America, WINTERS: s US south to Argentina
Habitat: Marshes, lakes, rivers
Diet: Leaves, shoots, seeds and invertebrates, esp. in summer
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Dumfries, 1858 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 221 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August to November
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1998), Clyde (1996), Dumfries & Galloway (1982), Highland (1996), Lothian (1996), Northeast (2004), Outer Hebrides (1995), Orkney (1991), Shetland (1995),
   North-east England: Cleveland (1999), Northumberland (2006), East Yorkshire (2000), North Yorkshire (2006), South Yorkshire (1998), West Yorkshire (1978),
   North-west England: Cheshire (1992), Cumbria (2006), Lancashire (1992),
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1997), Leicestershire (2003), Northamptonshire (2001), Nottinghamshire (2000), Staffordshire (2001), Warwickshire (1989), Worcestershire (1989),
   Eastern England: Bedfordshire (1987), Cambridgeshire (1988), Essex (2006), Hertfordshire (2000), Lincolnshire (1997), Norfolk (2005), Suffolk (2004),
   South-east England: Berkshire (1990), Hampshire (1992), Kent (2000), Greater London (2000), Oxfordshire (1995), Surrey (1981), East Sussex (2003), West Sussex (2003),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1998), Devon (1997), Dorset (2001), Gloucestershire (1993), Somerset (1982), Wiltshire (2002), Isles of Scilly (2000),
   Wales: Anglesey (2005), Carmarthen (2000), Flintshire (1997), Pembrokeshire (1960),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Corhwyaden Asgell-las
Danish: Blĺvinget and Dutch: Blauwvleugeltaling
Finnish: Sinisiipitavi French: Sarcelle soucrourou
German: Blauflügelente Hungarian: Kékszárnyú réce
Icelandic: Bláönd Irish: Praslacha Ghormeiteach
Italian: Marzaiola americana Norwegian: Blĺvingeand
Polish: Cyranka modroskrzydla Portuguese: Pato-d'asa-azul
Spanish: Cerceta aliazul Swedish: Blĺvingad ĺrta

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Books and Monographs:
   Kear, J 2005 Ducks, geese and swans Oxford University Press [598.48 KEA]
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