Green-winged Teal

Anas carolinensis (JF Gmelin, 1789) TA GRWTE 1842
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

Green-winged Teal, Graham Catley

Very similar to our Teal (and considered a subspecies by some) this is a scarce, but annual, visitor from North America; most records are in autumn/winter and almost all proven ones are male.

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Green-winged Teal identification is sometimes difficult.

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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 has been recorded in several atlases so we have been able to map distribution changes. However, as a rarity these may not show a consistent pattern of change.


Green-winged Teal is a rare vagrant, usually encountered in winter among flocks of Teal.

Weekly occurence of Green-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 Green-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 Green-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 Asgellwerdd
Catalan: xarxet de Carolina
Czech: círka karolinská
Danish: Amerikansk Krikand
Dutch: Amerikaanse Wintertaling
Estonian: ameerika piilpart
Finnish: amerikantavi
French: Sarcelle à ailes vertes
German: Carolinakrickente
Hungarian: zöldszárnyú réce
Icelandic: Rákönd
Italian: Alzavola americana
Latvian: zalsparnu kriklis
Lithuanian: žaliasparne krykle
Norwegian: Amerikakrikkand
Polish: cyraneczka karolinska
Portuguese: marrequinha-americana
Slovak: kacica zelenokrídla
Spanish: Cerceta americana
Swedish: amerikansk kricka

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