Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera

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A small, ruddy-colored duck, the Cinnamon Teal can be found in brackish and freshwater wetlands, up to 5000 meters in elevation in the Andes. Some populations of Cinnamon Teal are short to medium-distance migrants and other populations are sedentary. Four subspecies are year-round residents of South and Central America, but little is known about the ecology and status of these populations. The fifth subspecies breeds in the western United States and winters throughout Mexico. The Cinnamon Teal forages on aquatic plants and invertebrates, especially molluscs and crustaceans. Despite extensive hunting pressure throughout its range, the Cinnamon Teal remains abundant in the Americas; recent population estimates have numbered this species at over one million individuals.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: