Beak of the Week: Cinnamon Teal

What a perfect specimen of autumnal colors…

Cinnamon Teal

Common Name: Cinnamon Teal

Latin Name: Anas cyanoptera

Range:  Summers in the western United States; winters in parts of Central America, and parts of South America; found year-round along the California coast, southern South America, and parts of Central America.

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands.

Diet: Mainly seeds and aquatic vegetation. Some insects.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Feels like Autumn!

Interesting facts…

  • “The Cinnamon Teal is the only duck with separate breeding populations in North America and South America.”
  • The male Cinnamon Teal has red eyes.
  • “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.” (
Check out this YouTube video posted by GroeneLantaarn:

Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle

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