There are three types of teals found in North America. The Green-winged Teal and Blue-winged Teal are the most common and located over much of the continent. The Cinnamon Teal is found through the central USA, out to the west coast and into Mexico. These small waterfowls are known for their quick flights and aerial manoeuvres, where they twist and veer in tight formation.
Teals mostly prefer shallow waters and mudflats, where they dabble for their foods and sift through the sediments for forms of life. The males of the different teals change from a dull non-breeding plumage to a bright and colourful plumage with many distinct markings, while the females remain in plain plumage year-around. The Silver Teal is a southern vagrant, most often an escape species, that is sometimes seen in waterways and parks.