Friday, July 22, 2011

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

All The Birds Of North America: Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Larger than the Green-winged Teal, the Cinnamon Teal inhabits marshy wetlands in dry regions, and is especially numerous near the Great Salt Lake^ This duck often travels in flocks with the related Bluerwinged Teal (A. discors), whose range overlaps the Cinnamon's in parts of the Northwest. The females of the two species are very similar, but the Blue-winged's breeding drakes can be distinguished by the white crescent on the face.

Identification 14V2-17". Breeding drake bright rufous with pale blue patch on each wing (may look whitish). Immature, female, and nonbreeding drake mottled brown with pale blue wing patch. Bill long, somewhat spoonlike at tip.

Voice Female gives a soft, high quack; male a low whistle; also clucking and chattering notes.

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera Habitat Marshes, prairie potholes, slow-moving streams with reedy vegetation, and other wetland areas.

Range Breeds from ร. British Columbia to Mexico, and east to the Dakotas, Kansas, and Texas. Winters from California (Sacramento Valley) and S. Texas to N. South America.

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