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Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors
Photo by www.fnal.gov

Habitat: Shallow lake edges and wetlands.  Prefer areas with dense, short vegetation.

Description: Male: Blue-grey head, with a white strip around its bill.  Brown with black spots on the breast and sides.  Female: mottled brown overall, with a blue patch on the wing, that is usually only visible during flight.

Size: 36-41cm

Diet:  Sedge and grass seeds, pondweeds, duckweeds and aquatic invertebrates.

Fun Facts: They are excellent fliers, performing very precise twists and turns in the air.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing

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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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