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    Cinnamon Teal Identification

    Adult Description

    • Small duck.
    • Large light blue patches on front of wing, visible in flight.
    • Male has bright cinnamon red head and body.

    Male Description

    Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Bright cinnamon head and body plumage. Dark rump, tail, and undertail. Upper wing with light-blue patch with white rear border. Back of wing iridescent green. Eyes red.
    Eclipse (Basic) Plumage: Gray-brown overall, with rusty wash. Small white area at base of bill. Eyes red.

    Female Description

    Gray-brown overall, with small white area at base of bill. Bill dark. Light-blue upper wing patch with narrow white border. Back of wing mostly brown, with little green.

    Immature Description

    Similar to adult female.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 14.2-16.9 in (36-43 cm)
      • Weight: 9.9-17.6 oz (280-500 g)