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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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Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

Habitat: The Arctic Skipper can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to June.  Prefers open areas of poplar and mixed forests.  Once found throughout North America, Europe and Asia the Arctic Skipper is now extinct in England due to habitat disturbance and pesticide use.

Description: The Arctic Skipper is the most recognizable of Albertan Skippers.   It is...

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