Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: cinnamon teal
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Anseriformes
FAMILY: Anatidae
GENUS SPECIES: Anas (duck) cyanoptera (red colored)

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: This is a small dabbling duck with a long bill, pale blue upper secondary coverts and a green speculum with a white leading edge.
MALE The male cinnamon teal has red eyes.
SIZE: Approximately 27.5 cm (11 in) in length; wingspan 62.5 cm (25 in)
WEIGHT: 360-520 g (12.6-18.2 oz)
DIET: Feeds mainly on aquatic plants, seeds and grasses
INCUBATION: Approximately 25 days
CLUTCH SIZE 6-8 eggs
FLEDGING DURATION 25-30 days
SEXUAL MATURITY: Approximately 1-2 years
LIFE SPAN: Averages 20-30 years
RANGE: Western North America from British Columbia south to Guatemala, Central America; winters along west coast of Mexico
HABITAT: Inhabits shallow waters
POPULATION: GLOBAL Unknown
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Not listed
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Austin, G. Birds of the World. New York. Golden Press, Inc., 1961.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. UK. Blandford Books Ltd., 1981.

Johnsgard, P. Ducks, Geese, and Swans of the World. Lincoln. Univ. Of Neb. Press, 1978.

Scott, P. A Coloured Key of the Wildfowl of the World. Slimbridge, England. The Wildfowl Trust. 1988.

Todd, F.S. Natural History of Waterfowl. San Diego, Ca. Ibis Publishing Co., 1996.