The blue-winged teal is known to science as Anas discors. This translates as “discordant duck.” The cinnamon teal is called Anas cyanoptera, which means “blue-winged duck.” Go Figure. That being said, the blue-winged and cinnamon teal are a lot alike. Equal in size, speed, and wing coloration the hens are virtually identical in low light flying conditions. The drakes on the other hand are an elegant dark cinnamon color, hence the name. These teal usually winter in the western region of the United States, and take migration flight just after the blue-wingers have left the breeding grounds. Cinnamons are ground-nesters, preferring stands of grass, cattails or reeds, and the nests may be a hundred feet or more from the nearest water.
*Text sources provided by Michael McIntosh, Wild Fowl of North America, published by Brown & Bigelow Inc. St. Paul Minnesota.
Species Identification compiled by George Austin McCurry