The Cinnamon Teal is an easily recognized
dabbling duck of the western United States, with the male having rich cinnamon
hues on it's body and head. They are closely related to the Blue-winged
Teal, and will sometimes hybridize with them. They have more spatulate
bills than their close cousins, however, although not as extreme as the Northern
shallow marshes and ponds in open country during breeding season. Can be
found in nearly any shallow-water aquatic habitat during migration and in
winter, including salt-water habitats.
Diet: Primarily feeds on the seeds of sedges, grasses,
smartweeds, and aquatic plants. Will also feed on other plant material,
insects, small crustaceans, and small mollusks.
Behavior: A dabbling duck, feeding by partially
submerging its head and straining food items from the water. They will
also sometimes feed on land adjacent to water.
Nesting: April through June
Song: Weak whistling by the male, a typical quack from the female.
Migration: Summers throughout the western United
States. Winters along the California coast, locally in the extreme
Southwest, Mexico, and Central America.
Similar Species: Males distinctive,
but females are extremely similar to female Blue-winged
Has undoubtedly declined from historic numbers due to loss of wetland habitat.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Cinnamon Teal"
Photo Information: June 19th, 2008 - Klamath
Wildlife Refuge, California - Terry Sohl
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