Cinnamon Teal

Scientific Name: Anas cyanoptera

Cinnamon teal, Ted Steinke
Cinnamon teal in flight | Ted Steinke


These migratory ducks prefer shallow wetlands with reeds and other plant cover. They breed on marshes and ponds throughout the western United States, and most spend the winters in South America or the Caribbean.

Refuges where the cinnamon teal can be found:


The number of cinnamon teal has declined due to habitat loss and human encroachment. However, with a total population of about half a million, these birds are not considered threatened.

Cinnamon Teal | Fish and Wildlife Service


These dabbling ducks feed mostly on plants. Adults are generally about 16 inches long and weigh less than a pound. As their name suggests, males have cinnamon-colored feathers on their head, neck, breast and belly. Females have rust-colored feathers with blue shoulders and streaks, making them difficult to distinguish from female blue-winged teal.

What NWRA is doing:

Beyond the Boundaries: Bear River Watershed

Help us protect the Bear River watershed, a river ecosystem that is home for cinnamon teal and many other species. The 500-mile Bear River flows in a great arc from Utah into Wyoming and Idaho, before feeding into the Great Salt Lake. Along its route, the Bear River flows through three national wildlife refuges and provides vital habitat for waterfowl, including cinnamon teal. NWRA is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Beyond the Boundaries: Bear River Watershed project to conserve this crucial watershed and protect creatures like the cinnamon teal.

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