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Cinnamon Teal

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Adult malePhoto © by FulmarUpper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 8 February 2004
Adult male
Photo © by Fulmar
Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA, 8 February 2004
Spatula cyanoptera

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[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, 24 November 2007
Female
Photo © by Fulmar
Adobe Creek, Mountain View, California, 24 November 2007

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.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in the genus Anas.

Male, subspecies cyanoptera; Argentine Cinnamon TealPhoto © by James C. LowenBahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2009
Male, subspecies cyanoptera; Argentine Cinnamon Teal
Photo © by James C. Lowen
Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2009

[edit] Subspecies

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
Male, subspecies orinoma; Andean Cinnamon TealPhoto © by Stanley JonesLos Pantanos de Villa Refuge, Chorrillos, Lima, Peru, 31 August 2017
Male, subspecies orinoma; Andean Cinnamon Teal
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Los Pantanos de Villa Refuge, Chorrillos, Lima, Peru, 31 August 2017

[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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Carboneras, C., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52892 on 19 April 2017).
  3. Gammonley, James H.. (2012). Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera), The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America: https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/cintea
  4. Johnson, K. P. and M. D. Sorenson. 1999. Phylogeny and biogeography of dabbling ducks (genus: Anas): A comparison of molecular and morphological evidence. Auk 116 (3):792-805.
  5. BF Member observations
  6. Wikipedia contributors. (2018, November 24). Cinnamon teal. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:47, December 4, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cinnamon_teal&oldid=870390230

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