Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera



Geographic Variation

Five subspecies recognized:

A. c. septentrionalium - North America

A. c. cyamoptera

A. c. orinomus

A. c. tropicus

A. c. borreroi

Related Species

Within the dabbling ducks (genus Anas), Cinnamon Teal are apart of the Blue-winged Duck group named after the diagnostic blue patch on the upper wing coverts (Johnson and Sorenson 1999).  The monophyly of this group is strongly supported by both morphological and molecular data.  The typical Blue-winged Duck group (subgenus Spatula) is comprised of the Red Shoveler Anas platalea found in southern South America, Cape Shoveler A. smithii of southern Africa, Australasian Shoveler A. rhynchotis of Australia and New Zealand, Northern Shoveler A. clypeata found throughout most of the northern hemisphere and the Blue-winged Teal A. discors occuring in both North America and South America.

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: