- ORDER: Anseriformes
- FAMILY: Anatidae
A large diving duck, the Canvasback breeds in prairie potholes and winters on ocean bays. Its sloping profile distinguishes it from other ducks.More ID Info
- Pato Coacoxtle (Spanish)
- Fuligule à dos blanc (French)
- Cool Facts
- The species name of the Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, comes from Vallisneria americana, or wild celery, whose winter buds and rhizomes are its preferred food during the nonbreeding period.
- The oldest recorded Canvasback was a male and at least 22 years, 7 months old when he was shot in California in 1991. He had been banded in the same state in 1969.