Canvasback

Aythya valisineria

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

CANV

Code 6

AYTVAL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Canvasback is native to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada, Bermuda, the United States, Honduras and Guatemala. It is also known to be seen in various countries throughout the Pacific and the Caribbean in addition to the United Kingdom. The range of this bird is about 5 million square kilometers. The global population of the Canvasback is about 600,000 individual birds. Currently, this bird species is rated as Least Concern and there are no immediate concerns regarding the Canvasback.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Canvasback: This is a large, flashy diving duck with a pale gray body, black breast and tail and gray legs and feet. The head is red-brown with a long sloping profile, a long dark bill and red eyes. It feeds primarily on aquatic plants. It has a rapid direct flight with strong wing beats and flies high, usually in V- formations.

 

Range and Habitat

Canvasback: Breeds from Alaska south and east to Nebraska and Minnesota. Spends winters in coastal regions and interior west from British Columbia south and east from Massachusetts south to the Gulf Coast, across to the Mississippi Valley, and throughout the southern states. Nests on marshes; winters on lakes, bays, and estuaries.

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Canvasback SONGS AND CALLS

Canvasback BBB1

Calls from a mixed group on a pond.

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Voice Text

"Grunt", "croak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Because they strain many seeds with their bill out of bottom mud, they ingest much lead shot and are especially affected by lead poisoning in areas that are heavily hunted.
  • One of the largest North American diving ducks, it gets its name from its pale gray back and white sides which are delicately dotted and lined in a wavelike pattern resembling canvas fabric.
  • The Canvasback is a very good flier and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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