(Aythya Valisineria)

Appearance - The male Canvasback has a reddish-chestnut head and neck, red iris, black breast, pale-grey vermiculated central body, black rump and black-brown tail. The female has a light-brown head and neck, pale eye stripe, dark-brown breast, grey-brown flanks and back, and dark-brown iris. Both sexes have a long sloping black beak and bluish-grey legs and feet.

Notes - The Canvasback is a large North American diving duck. There has been a major decline of these ducks due to drought, drainage of prairie marshes, and hunting although there has been a recent hunting ban on these birds.

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