Breeding adult male
Photo by Fulmar
Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, California
, February 2004
- Spatula cyanoptera
35â€“48 cm (13Â¾-19 in); a small dabbling duck
- Cinnamon-red head and body
- Brown back
- Red eye
- Dark bill
- Mottled brown body
- Pale brown head
- Brown eyes
- Grey bill
 Similar Species
Female very similar to female Blue-winged Teal
Western North and South America. They are migratory and most winter in Central and South America, generally not migrating as far as the Blue-winged Teal.
Occurs as vagrants in the Caribbean.
; Argentine Cinnamon Teal
Photo by JCL
Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
, September 2009
Formerly placed in the genus Anas.
; Andean Cinnamon Teal
Photo by Stanley Jones
Los Pantanos de Villa Refuge, Chorrillos, Lima, Peru
, August 2017
There are 5 subspecies1:
- S. c. septentrionalium: (Northern Cinnamon Teal)
- S. c. tropica: (Tropical Cinnamon Teal)
- S. c. borreroi: (Borrero's Cinnamon Teal); possibly extinct
- Eastern Andes of Colombia
- S. c. orinoma: Andean Cinnamon Teal
- S. c. cyanoptera: Argentine Cinnamon Teal
They use both fresh water and brackish marshes and ponds with plenty of emergent plants and vegetation around the edges, like cattails and bulrushes.
Generally select new mates each year.
Dabbling ducks, the most important part of their diet is the seeds and roots of aquatic plants, but they also eat molluscs and aquatic insects.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
- BF Member observations
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