Cinnamon Teal

Anas cyanoptera

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

CITE

Code 6

ANACYA

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cinnamon Teal is a small duck which breeds in marshes and ponds in the western United States and southwestern Canada. They sometimes are visitors to the east coast of the United States, and have been known to interbreed with Blue-winged Teals. During winter months, the Cinnamon Teal migrates to northern South America, the Caribbean, California and southwestern Arizona. These ducks feed via dabbling in the water in their natural habitat, and normal diets consist of plants, mollusks and some insects. The Cinnamon Teal’s current conservation rating is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Cinnamon Teal: This small duck has scaled dark brown upperparts, cinnamon-brown underparts, head and neck, red eyes, long dark bill and yellow-gray legs. White line divides green speculum and pale blue shoulder patch on wing. Female is brown-scaled overall with dull blue shoulder patch, dark eyes and pale edged upper mandible. Feeds on seeds and insects. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Cinnamon Teal: Breeds in southwestern Canada and the United States near the Great Salt Lake, Malheur Basin, San Luis Valley and Cariboo-Chilcotin parklands. Winters in Mexico and Central America. They prefer small, shallow alkaline wetlands surrounded by low herbaceous cover, marshes and shallow ponds.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"peep", "peer"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Cinnamon Teal is the only duck with separate breeding populations in North America and South America.
  • The female often places her nest below matted, dead stems of vegetation so it is completely concealed on all sides and from above. She approaches the nest through tunnels in the vegetation.
  • A group of cinnamon teal are collectively known as a "seasoning" of teal.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Cinnamon Teal

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ShoulderX
The short feathers overlying the median secondary coverts on the top of the wing. They are located near the back and can be seen as the “first row” of feathers on the birds wing. They are also called marginal coverts and lesser secondary coverts.
SpeculumX
The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X