Herrera, Néstor; Rivera, Roberto; Ibarra Portillo, Ricardo & Rodríguez, Wilfredo (2006): Nuevos registros para la avifauna de El Salvador. Unique among our northern dabbling ducks, this teal also has nesting populations in South America. Whitish to very pale buff. Attachment 13651 Attachment 13653. Several males may court one female, making ritualized mock feeding and preening movements. In a taxonomic shakeup in 2016, several were moved out to other genera. Bald Eagle. Small groups of Blue-wings often are seen standing on stumps or rocks at the water's edge. Its bill is longer and more spatulate. Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. They are 16 inches (410 mm) long, have a 22-inch (560 mm) wingspan, and weigh 14 ounces (400 g). While many of our marsh ducks are found from coast to coast, the Cinnamon Teal is strictly western. Incubation is by female only, 21-25 days. Best Field Marks. Illustration © David Allen Sibley. Not so much a long-distance migrant as Blue-winged Teal. In flight, notice the characteristics that all cinnamon teal share—a blue shoulder patch and a greenish speculum bordered in white on the leading edge. It lives in marshes and ponds, and feeds mostly on plants. [3], 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. They are 16 in (41 cm) long, have a 22-inch (560 mm) wingspan, and … [3] They have 2 adult molts per year and a third molt in their first year. The adult male has a cinnamon-red head and body with a brown back, a red eye and a dark bill. I’ve never seen a Cinnamon Teal that looked quite like this, but I assume that it must be changing from its eclipse (basic) plumage to its breeding plumage. South American races may use wider variety of habitats. Male juvenile resembles a female cinnamon or blue-winged teal but their eyes are red. Marshes, fresh ponds. Female leads young to water after they hatch. ... Cinnamon teal. Unique among our northern dabbling ducks, this teal also has nesting populations in South America. Also I don't that a juvenile or even eclipse cinnamon would have a blood red eye. This page was last edited on 30 June 2020, at 13:53. Photo: Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards, Breeding adult male and adult female. Short display flights may develop into pursuit flights, with males chasing female. They are known to interbreed with blue-winged teals,[2] which are very close relatives. [5]. Males molt this brilliant plumage soon after breeding, becoming much more similar to female and immature birds, and very similar to other teal species, especially Blue-winged Teal. Juvenile teal resemble the females, but are paler at first. Photo: Susan Hodgson/Audubon Photography Awards. Nest is a shallow depression with some dead grass and weeds added, lined with down. 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 lores, eye line, and eye ring are less distinct. In one study, migrants consumed mostly seeds and other plant material in fall, a higher proportion of animal matter (mainly insects) in spring. Limiting factors: Cinnamon teal are nest parasitized by redheads, shovelers, coots, mallards, and ruddy ducks *03,08,13,15*. Young: female leads young to water after they hatch. Seemingly a warm-weather duck, the Blue-winged Teal is largely absent from most of North America in the cold months, and winters more extensively in South America than any of our other dabblers. Unlike most duck species, male may not abandon mate until near the time the eggs hatch, and sometimes is seen accompanying female and young brood. It is a small dabbling duck, with bright reddish plumage on the male and duller brown plumage on the female. Also eats insects, snails, small crustaceans. cinnamon teal demography, we limited the assessment of harvest potential to blue‐ and green‐winged teal, whose populations are most impacted by special teal seasons. Teal are small ducks, fast in flight, flocks twisting and turning in unison. Or take action immediately with one of our current campaigns below: The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Legal Notices Privacy Policy Contact Us. Lives of North American Birds. Its bill is longer and more spatulate. The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Young find their own food; capable of flight 7 weeks after hatching. While many of our marsh ducks are found from coast to coast, the Cinnamon Teal is strictly western. Male juvenile resembles a female cinnamon or blue-winged teal but their eyes are red. Usually forages in shallow water, swimming forward with head partly submerged, straining food from water. They are migratory and most winter in northern South America and the Caribbean,[4] generally not migrating as far as the blue-winged teal. Male juvenile resembles a female Cinnamon or Blue-winged Teal but their eyes are red. The adult male has a cinnamon-red head and body with a brown back, a red eye and a dark bill.