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This is a small dabbling duck with a long bill, pale blue upper secondary coverts and a green speculum with a white leading edge.
The male cinnamon teal has red eyes.
Approximately 27.5 cm (11 in) in length; wingspan 62.5 cm (25 in)
360-520 g (12.6-18.2 oz)
Feeds mainly on aquatic plants, seeds and grasses
Approximately 25 days
Approximately 1-2 years
Averages 20-30 years
Western North America from British Columbia south to Guatemala, Central America; winters along west coast of Mexico
Inhabits shallow waters
The cinnamon teal feeds by dabbling from the water surface. Dipping its head, it upends its body. At night, it looks for acorns in the woods and grains and seeds by roadways.
Young ducklings hide in the vegetation surrounding the water. If the adult senses danger, it performs does a "broken wing" display to lure the predator away before flying off.
These ducks are seldom vocal, but the male occasionally produces a low chattering, while the female quacks.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
This species's population has not been significantly affected by hunting since the birds tend to migrate earlier than other species.
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