Cinnamon Teal

Scientific Name
Anas cyanoptera
Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)

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The Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) is a small, reddish dabbling duck found in marshes and ponds of western North and South America. The adult male has a cinnamon-red head and body with a brown back, a red eye and a dark bill. The adult female has a mottled brown body, a pale brown head, brown eyes and a grey bill and is very similar in appearance to a female Blue-winged Teal; however its overall color is richer, the lore spot, eye line, and eye ring are less distinct. Its bill is longer and more spatulate. Male juvenile resembles a female Cinnamon or Blue-winged Teal but their eyes are red. They are long, have a wingspan, and weigh . They have 2 adult molts per year and a third molt in their first year. Their breeding habitat is marshes and ponds in western United States and extreme southwestern Canada, and are rare visitors to the east coast of the United States. Cinnamon Teal generally select new mates each year. They are migratory and most winter in northern South America and the Caribbean, generally not migrating as far as the Blue-winged Teal. Some winter in California and southwestern Arizona. They are known to interbreed with Blue-winged Teals. These birds feed by dabbling. They mainly eat plants; their diet may include molluscs and aquatic insects. Subspecies are: * Anas cyanoptera septentrionalium (Oberholser, 1906) Northern Cinnamon Teal breeds from British Columbia to northwestern New Mexico, and they winter in northwestern South America. * Anas cyanoptera tropica (Snyder & Lumsden, 1951) Tropical Cinnamon Teal occurs in the Cauca Valley and Magdalena Valley in Colombia. * Anas cyanoptera borreroi (Snyder & Lumsden, 1951) Borrero's Cinnamon Teal (possibly extinct) occurs in the eastern Andes of Colombia with records of apparently resident birds from northern Ecuador. It is named for Colombian ornithologist Jos Ignacio Borrero. * Anas cyanoptera orinomus (Snyder & Lumsden, 1951) Andean Cinnamon Teal occurs in the Altiplano of Peru, northern Chile and Bolivia. * Anas cyanoptera cyanoptera (Vieillot, 1816) Argentine Cinnamon Teal occurs in southern Peru, southern Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands.