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Cinnamon Teal


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small brightly colored duck, the Cinnamon Teal is found in ponds throughout the American West.

At a GlanceHelp

Both Sexes
14.2–16.9 in
36–43 cm
9.9–17.6 oz
280–500 g
Other Names
  • Sarcelle cannelle (French)
  • Cerceta castana, Pato colorado (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The Cinnamon Teal is the only duck with separate breeding populations in North America and South America.
  • Unlike most North American dabbling ducks, the Cinnamon Teal rarely breeds in the midcontinent prairie-parkland region.
  • The female Cinnamon Teal often places her nest below matted, dead stems of vegetation so it is completely concealed on all sides and from above. She approaches the nest through tunnels in the vegetation.
  • The oldest recorded Cinnamon Teal was a female and at least 10 years, 6 months old when she was shot in California in 2010. She had been banded in the same state in 2001.



Uses freshwater (including highly alkaline) seasonal and semipermanent wetlands of various sizes, including large marshes, reservoirs, sluggish streams, ditches, and stock ponds.



Seeds and aquatic vegetation, aquatic and semi-terrestrial insects, snails, and zooplankton.


Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
4–16 eggs
Egg Description
Creamy white.
Condition at Hatching
Covered in yellow down with a gray-brown eyestripe. Able to leave nest soon after hatching.
Nest Description

A depression on the ground, near water. Lined with grasses and down.

Nest Placement




Feeds mainly on surface. Dabbles with just bill in water or tips up with entire head underwater.


status via IUCN

Least Concern

There is little information on Cinnamon Teal population numbers, but the species appears to have declined between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Cinnamon Teal rates a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. It is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List, but the 2014 State of the Birds listed Cinnamon Teal as a Common Bird in Steep Decline. Cinnamon Teal is hunted across its range.


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