Canvasback

(Aythya Valisineria)

Appearance:
Male - The male Canvasback has a reddish-chestnut head and neck, red eyes, black breast, pale-grey vermiculated central body, black rump and black-brown tail. Both sexes have a long sloping black beak and bluish-grey legs and feet.
Female - The female has a light-brown head and neck, pale eye stripe and throat, dark-brown breast, upperparts are brownish-grey, underparts are pale grey, and dark-brown eyes.
Eclipse - The eclipse male is much more duller than its breeding plumage. It differs from the female as it has red eyes and the female has brown eyes.

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Size: - Typical Adult is 48-56cm (19-22in).

Food: - Mainly aquatic plants, grasses, wild celery, seeds, leaves but also some molluscs, dragonflies, and insects.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, prairie marshes surrounded by vegetation, and sub-arctic river deltas of north-west USA. Wintering along coastlines and estuaries in southern USA and Mexico.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - May to early June.

Eggs: - 7-10 (olive-green colour).

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.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Aythyinae, Genus: Aythya.

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