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Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera


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Cinnamon Teal, male
credit: mikebaird/CCSA

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Family: Anatidae, Ducks and Geese view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has mainly bright cinnamon-red plumage, darkest on back. Note the beady reddish eye. Eclipse male recalls adult female, but plumage is redder. ADULT FEMALE Has buffy brown plumage. JUVENILE Similar to adult female.

Dimensions Length: 14-17" (36-43 cm)

Habitat Locally common. Widespread in breeding season, favoring marshes and shallow, weedy lakes. Outside breeding season, migrates south and west; most birds winter from Mexico southward, but small numbers remain in southwest.

Observation Tips Visit coastal wetlands in California in winter.

Range Eastern Canada, Southwest, Western Canada, California, Great Lakes, Texas, Alaska, Florida, Northwest, Plains, Southeast, Rocky Mountains

Voice Male utters rattling clicks, female utters a soft quack.

Discussion Slim-looking dabbling duck with a proportionately long bill, recalling that of Northern Shoveler. Sexes are dissimilar: male's plumage color is unmistakable; female is superficially similar to female Blue-winged Teal, but distinguishable by bill length, uniformly brown head, and association with male. Both sexes show pale underwings in flight and upper-wing markings similar to those of Blue-winged: pale blue panel, white wedge, and greenish speculum. Not particularly gregarious.