Cinnamon Teal - Spatula cyanoptera
The cinnamon teal is about 14-17 inches in length 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 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 is a dabbling duck. It usually feeds in shallow water where it scoops up floating plants, seeds, and even insects. It also dives for food and eats aquatic invertebrates.
The female builds a nest out of grass, down, and plants stems. Sometimes, the female builds her nest underneath dead reeds and plant stems. She enters the nest through tunnels she makes in the plants.
She lays 9-12 eggs. The eggs hatch in about three weeks. The chicks are covered in down when they are born and leave the nest and feed themselves within 34 hours. They stay with their mother until they fledge when they are about a month and a half old.
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