Northern Cinnamon Teal

This bird is named for the bright reddish-brown feathers on the head of the adult male. In order to protect the ducklings from predators the female cinnamon teal does not start incubating her eggs until she lays the last one. This may take up to two weeks. By doing this she causes all the eggs to hatch within a few hours of each other and all the ducklings leave the nest with the female soon after.

Central America
North America

At A Glance


Shallow ponds, marshes, and lakes surrounded by vegetation


Seeds, grasses, aquatic plants, invertibrates and mollusks


Western United States down to Guatemala