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Cinnamon Teal

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Breeding adult malePhoto by FulmarUpper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA, February 2004
Breeding adult male
Photo by Fulmar
Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA, February 2004
Spatula cyanoptera


[edit] Identification

35–48 cm (13¾-19 in); a small dabbling duck
Adult Male

  • Cinnamon-red head and body
  • Brown back
  • Red eye
  • Dark bill
FemalePhoto by FulmarAdobe Creek, Mountain View, California
Photo by Fulmar
Adobe Creek, Mountain View, California

Adult Female

  • Mottled brown body
  • Pale brown head
  • Brown eyes
  • Grey bill

[edit] Similar Species

Female very similar to female Blue-winged Teal

[edit] Distribution

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.

Subspecies cyanoptera; Argentine Cinnamon TealPhoto by JCLBahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2009
Subspecies cyanoptera; Argentine Cinnamon Teal
Photo by JCL
Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2009

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in the genus Anas.

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies orinoma; Andean Cinnamon TealPhoto by Stanley JonesLos Pantanos de Villa Refuge, Chorrillos, Lima, Peru, August 2017
Subspecies orinoma; 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)
  • Cauca and Magdalena valleys of Colombia
  • 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

[edit] Habitat

They use both fresh water and brackish marshes and ponds with plenty of emergent plants and vegetation around the edges, like cattails and bulrushes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Generally select new mates each year.

[edit] Diet

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.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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