Blue-winged Teal

Spatula discors (Linnaeus, 1766) TB BLWTE 1920
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

Blue-winged Teal, Simon Gillings

Distinctive with a large pale blue wing patch, Blue-winged Teal is a regular autumn (August–November) visitor from North America, with a small number of individuals recorded each year

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2.6k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
2.6k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Blue-winged Teal is a rare vagrant, recorded sporadically throughout the year.

Weekly occurence of Blue-winged Teal from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.

Foreign locations of birds ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland

Foreign locations of Blue-winged Teal ringed or recovered in Britain & Ireland
Encountered in: Winter (Nov-Feb); Spring (Mar-Apr); Summer (May-Jul); Autumn (Aug-Oct)


Lifecycle and body size information about Blue-winged Teal, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Corhwyaden Asgell-las
Catalan: xarxet alablau
Czech: círka modrokrídlá
Danish: Blåvinget And
Dutch: Blauwvleugeltaling
Estonian: sini-rägapart
Finnish: sinisiipitavi
French: Sarcelle à ailes bleues
German: Blauflügelente
Hungarian: kékszárnyú réce
Icelandic: Bláönd
Irish: Praslacha Ghormeiteach
Italian: Marzaiola americana
Latvian: zilsparnu kriklis
Lithuanian: melynsparne krykle
Norwegian: Blåvingeand
Polish: cyranka modroskrzydla
Portuguese: marreca-de-asa-azul
Slovak: kacica modrokrídla
Slovenian: modroperuta reglja
Spanish: Cerceta aliazul
Swedish: blåvingad årta

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