Cinamon Teal

Cinamon Teal


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by James Gault of Park City Utah 801-755-6737
Jim Gault

Cinamon Teal
CINAMON TEAL

RUDY DUCK

Cinnamon Teal Duck

The cinnamon teal is about 14-17 inches long and has a wingspan of about two feet. The female has a light brown head and neck, a gray bill and brown eyes. Her breast and sides are brown and streaked with darker V-shaped spots, her upperparts are brown and her belly is white. She has a light blue shoulder patch on her upper wings with a white band of feathers under the patch and a strip of green feathers at the edge of the wing. The male cinnamon teal has a bright cinnamon-colored head, neck, stomach and sides. He has a black bill, yellow legs and feet and red eyes. His wing makings are the same as the female's markings but his shoulder patch is a darker blue.

The cinnamon teal breeds in western North America from British Columbia in Canada east to Montana and south to California, Mexico and Texas. It winters in the southern part of its breeding range. The cinnamon teal can be found in shallow ponds marshes, lakes and streams with low growing reeds and other plants at the edges. The cinnamon teal is a dabbling duck. It usually feeds in shallow water where it scoops up floating plants, seeds and even insects. It will also dive for food and eat aquatic invertebrates

The cinnamon teal is a dabbling duck. It usually feeds in shallow water where it scoops up floating plants, seeds and even insects. It will also dive for food and eat aquatic invertebrates. Cinnamon teals travel in small flocks made up of male and female pairs. They are very fast flyers and can take off directly from the water.