Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Pato-dasa-azul
2009-10-14
Faj dos Cubres, So Jorge
© Gerbrand Michielsen, Portugal
Birding Azores
A Blue-winged Teal together with a bird showing characters of Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera. This a little more reddish bird is a first-year male but is most probably still an aberrant Blue-winged Teal. Photos of this bird have been exposed and discussed on both sides of the Atlantic, and even though nobody did wish to express a 100% certain identification, most people with experience of this species say it is not a Cinnamon Teal. A rather wide search of photos has also given the same outcome, and two obvious key features are that the bill is too small and the red colours wrongly distributed for being a Cinnamon Teal.

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