• Type: Puddle Duck
• Peak Breeding Activity: April-June
• Incubation: 21-25 days
• Clutch Size: 4-16 eggs
• Young Fledge: 49 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: seeds, vegetation, and aquatic insects
The pale blue forewing patch of the cinnamon teal is the best field mark, as drakes are usually in eclipse until January or longer. The hens of this species and the blue-winged teal look alike.
Habitat and Habits
The cinnamon teal inhabits marshes, ponds, and streams bordered with reeds. Drakes have a whistling peep and hens utter a low quack.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
The female constructs a half-moon shaped nest out of plant stems and dead grass. Young birds are precocial and leave the nest within 24 hours of hatching. The ducklings are able to feed themselves from the first day that they hatch. However, they remain under the care of the female until fledging.