Anas cyanoptera

Common Names: Cinnamon Teal
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

A small, reddish dabbling duck. The adult male has a cinnamon-red head and body with a brown back, a red eye and a dark bill. The adult female has a mottled brown body, a pale brown head, brown eyes and a grey bill and is very similar in appearance to a female Blue-winged Teal; however its overall color is richer, the lore spot, eye line, and eye ring are less distinct. Its bill is longer and more spatulate. Male juvenile resembles a female Cinnamon or Blue-winged Teal but their eyes are red. They are 16 inches long, have a 22-inch wingspan, and weigh 14 ounces, on the average.

Their breeding habitat is marshes and ponds. It is a rare visitor to the east coast.

Edible Notes: Duck meat is edible. Farm-raised domestic duck is commonly available in supermarkets in Connecticut and is a good alternative. Duck meat (domestic) is a common dish in Asian restaurants, especially Thai cuisine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.