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Green-Winged Teal

Anas crecca
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Habitat: Shallow lakes, wetlands, beaver ponds and slow moving rivers.

Description: Male: chestnut head, with a green strip running back from each eye, and a white shoulder patch.  Creamy breast with black spots, and grey sides. Female: mottled brown back, with a pale belly.  Both have a small bill.

Size: 30-41cm long

Diet: Aquatic invertebrates, larval amphibians, sedge seeds and pond weeds.

Fun Facts: Every year after breeding, they molt, and are no longer able to fly because they no longer have a full set of flight feathers.

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

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Least Chipmunk
Tamius minimus

Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

 

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