End-of-round teal powers were introduced in Wingspan’s European Expansion. In total, there are currently 20 teal-powered birds.
It’s important to remember that Wingspan teal powers trigger at the end of each round.
- Use “round end” bird powers.
- Score end-of-round goal.
- Remove all action cubes.
- Discard and replace all cards in the bird tray.
- Pass the first player token clockwise.
See Page 2 of the European Expansion rulebook for the order in which to resolve end of round game actions.
As a general rule, it’s important to remember that end-of-round teal powers do not trigger “once between turns” pink powers.
Ranking Teal Powered Wingspan Cards From Worst to Best
20. Eurasian Green Woodpecker
To start off the list, let’s take a look at the Eurasian Green Woodpecker. This bird’s particular power is limited by the number of round goals that specifically count birds, which aren’t many, and there are only four round goals that ever affect a game at one time.
It stands to reason that this power will increase in usefulness as more expansions are released, and more round goals that count birds are added to the game.
If a teal power is situational/limited/restricted, the bird it’s attached to needs to have good general qualities to make it valuable when it’s just sitting there doing nothing. A four-point bird with a three-egg nest that costs two food is average at best. It does play well with the Viticulturalist and Cartographer bonus cards though.
If we ever see powers that let us manipulate round goals, this teal power could theoretically become more useful.
19. Cetti’s Warbler
18. Greylag Goose
Its nest size is average at four, so it isn’t horrible at fulfilling its intended purpose, as it can only lay eggs on itself. Its other general qualities are lackluster. Make sure you spend those eggs to make room for more. Dunnock can act as a thorn in the side of a Power 4 engine with some work.
16. Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow is similar to Dunnock, it’s a lackluster bird that can act as a direct counter-play to your opponent’s Grasslands engine. If properly supported, it gives you passive card cycling that scales with your hand size, which is pretty good. It picks up two points from Omnivore Specialist and Bird Counter, but that still makes it an expensive five-point play.
15. European Honey Buzzard
This Wingspan card provides an interesting way to passively generate extra worms for strategies that aren’t building into the forest. Worms are a more common food type, and you get to refresh the birdfeeder before checking. Under Omnivore Specialist, it becomes a decent play for six points at the cost of two food. It also plays well with Cartographer.
It combos fairly well with “discard food to tuck birds” on this list: Common Starling, Common Swift, and Eurasian Collard Dove.
14. Eurasian Magpie
It caches a food type of your choice on any of your birds, and as a result of this, it combos fairly uniquely with Coal Tit and Eurasian Nuthatch. If you choose to cache wheat on those birds, you then have the option of spending it at any time. The Eurasian Magpies’ general qualities aren’t great, making it a reasonably weak play if you aren’t using its power.
13. Eurasian Collared Dove
This Dove interacts well with many quality bonus cards. It gets you 50% of the way to the first three points of Viticulturalist, Cartographer, Anatomist, and Prairie Manager. It also becomes a seven-point drop for two food under Bird Counter.
Spending food from your personal supply to fuel this power is suboptimal, as food in your supply can be spent to play birds, ideally scoring you up to three points per food spent. This bird’s power converts food to points at a 1:1 ratio.
For all intents and purposes, this power behaves like a caching effect that draws from your personal supply. It shines when your opponents use a lot of shared resource effects, and you have more food than you can effectively utilize.
The Eurasian Collared-Dove has the best version of this power as it can use any food type. This is especially useful to score from food types that are typically slightly more difficult to utilize, such as fish and rats. It’s also a great way to convert unspent nectar at the end of the round.
With the Oceania Expansion board, there is a wider variety of options to convert food into points. Most notably, columns one, three, four, and five in the Grasslands convert excess food into eggs. This lessens the impact of this archetype of bird. Eggs are the best resource, so converting food and cards into eggs is the preferred conversion option. That being said, this particular teal power converts food into points passively, ignoring the expenditure of action cubes.
12. Common Starling
Similar to Eurasian Collared-Dove in overall impact. It becomes a five-point drop for one food with the Bird Counter bonus card. Even without the Bird Counter bonus card, it efficiently uses one food, scoring three points from it. A four egg nest makes it a decent egg bank while waiting to use its power.
11. House Sparrow
You get a six-point bird with a five egg nest for the cost of two food. This pushes the boundaries of what you can get for the cost of two food. That being said, larger nest sizes are more challenging to take advantage of in the Oceania metagame. The Bird Counter bonus card makes this an even better point bomb, putting it on par with Wild Turkey for total point value and nest size.
10. Carrion Crow
The Carrion Crow card is a direct counter-play to predator-heavy games. You can even choose yourself as the Crow’s target, which makes it even better, as you can control how effective it is by playing more predators.
Even if a player only has one predator on the board all game, Carrion Crow yields seven points for two food by the end of the game (if played in round one) – nine points under Omnivore Specialist. The fact that it caches from the general supply is key to its usefulness.
9. Griffon Vulture
8. Common Goldeneye
Passive Egg laying is a premium ability in the Oceania metagame. Unfortunately for the Common Goldeneye, you have to wait until end-of-round to collect its eggs, so it can’t contribute to your egg acceleration in round one.
Going into each subsequent round, however, it can give you the egg production needed to get more birds on the board and compensate for underdeveloped Grasslands. As long as you support it with the right nests, that is. Note that this bird only lays eggs on itself, not other birds; I’ve seen several people make this mistake.
7. Common Swift
This bird’s best quality is that it’s five points for a single food right out of the gate. Bird counter and Food Web Expert each make it seven. If you manage to discard some excess worms and tuck a few points by the end of the game, that’s just icing on the cake. It makes a great companion for the European Honey Buzzard.
This bird card serves as a great passive card cycler in an underdeveloped habitat for an engine with excess cards. It plays well with Omnivore Specialist and Bird Counter, picking up two points each. There’s nothing more to say about this very solid card. See more on Ruff here: The Power of Tucking Cards in Wingspan
It essentially gives you up to a net of three free action cubes (to play birds; you spend an action to play the Yellowhammer to begin with), which is the game’s most valuable resource. There aren’t any discounts associated with this, so you’re still on the hook for all that food and those eggs. Anything that costs zero food, such as Vultures, the “play on top” predators, or the “tuck to play” predators make an amazing combo with this bird’s power. Dropping a California Condor at the end of the fourth round is also a great chance to pick up a choice bonus card when you don’t have any food left. If you can make effective use of this power early, it can give you a substantial advantage over your opponents. Yellowhammer is a bad play if you aren’t going to effectively use its power, as its general qualities are bad.
4. Moltoni’s Warbler
Moltoni’s Warbler has the same power and similar general qualities as Yellowhammer but gets the nod here due to its slightly better interactions with bonus cards. Historian, Viticulturalist, and Prairie Manager being better options than what Yellowhammer gets to work with. Having two different types of food in its cost also makes it easier to get onto the board early.
3. White Wagtail
White Wagtail has the same power and general qualities as Yellowhammer and Moltoni’s Warbler. It can hold a decent amount of eggs (five), making it a good egg bank while waiting to use its power. Its interactions with bonus cards aren’t significant, but it does pick up two points from the Food Web Expert bonus card. The double worm cost can be annoying in the early stages of the game.
2. Lesser Whitethroat
Optimizing this teal power takes some micromanagement, but the payoff is frequently worth it. You have to play your whole game thinking about how to get the most out of this power. It’s realistic to approach fifteen points scored through eggs if played in round one (although you’re probably spending most of these eggs). Its worth zero points and only has a two-egg nest, so it’s worthless unless you get some mileage out of its power. It qualifies for seven bonus cards which is a respectable number. This bird’s power pairs very well with Oologist. Its a great feeling to drop five eggs at the end of round four and max out that bonus. Passive egg-laying, especially of this calibur, is a massive game-changer in the Oceania Expansion metagame.
Redstart qualifies for twelve bonus cards and Whitestart qualifies for seven, which are respectable numbers.
1. Black Redstart
The Black Redstart has the same power as Lesser Whitethroat. A four-egg star nest makes it a pretty good egg bank while it waits to use its power; however, this makes it cost one more food. It has a much better interaction with bonus cards than its counterpart, qualifying for twelve total.
Wingspan Teal Powers: What’s Your Favorite?
That’s our Ranking of the 20 Wingspan Teal Power cards.
Drop a comment below and let us know what your favorite teal-powered card is! Don’t forgot to see how we rank Wingspan’s Pink Powered birds.