Cinnamon Teal hens are warmer brown, slightly larger and heavier-billed than Blue-winged Teal hens. Cinnamon teal are far more common in the Pacific Flyway than blue-wings. The hens look the same as the blue winged teal and the habits of both species are similar. The Cinnamon hen soon took the stage to allow close study. Unique among our northern dabbling ducks, this teal also has nesting populations in South America. Photo about Cinnamon Teal Spatula cyanoptera drake and hen perched on a tree limb on the water. The … Dec 20, 2017 - Explore Evan Pottebaum's board "Cinnamon Teal" on Pinterest. Image of background, wild, bird - 134365111 See more ideas about Teal, Waterfowl, Teal duck. In the Pacific Flyway, cinnamon teal are far more common than blue-wings. Hen Cinnamon Teal in lush spring growth – Nikon D500, f9, 1/640, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with w.4x TC, natural light. While many of our marsh ducks are found from coast to coast, the Cinnamon Teal is strictly western. Males molt this brilliant plumage soon after breeding, becoming much more similar to female and immature birds, and very similar to other teal species, especially Blue-winged Teal. The glimpse of powder blue tells us she is one of the 3 blue-winged dabblers, Northern Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal and Blue-winged Teal (see end note). Males molt this brilliant plumage soon after breeding, becoming much more similar to female and immature birds, and very similar to other teal species, especially Blue-winged Teal. The male Cinnamon Teal shimmers with a rich ruddy plumage, made all the more incandescent by the summer sun slanting across reedy wetlands in interior western North America. The pale blue forewing patch is the best way to tell them apart, as the cinnamon drakes are usually in eclipse at least until January. A close relative of Blue-winged Teal (and sometimes hybridizing with it), the Cinnamon Teal has a slightly larger bill, better developed for straining food items out of the water.

In the shot below note the bill, generous in size and trimmed with some orange at the edges.

The male Cinnamon Teal shimmers with a rich ruddy plumage, made all the more incandescent by the summer sun slanting across reedy wetlands in interior western North America. Later in the morning and on the other side of the auto tour route I was able to take images of a hen Cinnamon Teal surrounded by lush, green spring growth while her mate kept an eye on her from a distance. The Cinnamon Teal hen can easily be mistaken with the Blue-winged Teal hen. The bill shows she's not a Northern Shoveler.