French: Sarcelle cannelle German: Zimtente Spanish: Cerceta colorada
Río de la Plata and Buenos Aires, Argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. septentrionalium
(Snyder & Lumsden, 1951) – SW Canada (British Columbia and SW Alberta) S to C Mexico (Valley of Mexico); winters from SW USA through Middle America to N Colombia.
S. c. tropica
(Snyder & Lumsden, 1951) – Cauca and Magdalena Valleys, in NW Colombia.
S. c. borreroi
(Snyder & Lumsden, 1951) – E Andes of Colombia.
S. c. orinoma
(Oberholser, 1906) – Andes of Peru S to N Chile, Bolivia and NW Argentina.
S. c. cyanoptera
(Vieillot, 1816) – lowlands of S Peru, S Paraguay and SE Brazil S to Tierra del Fuego; Falkland Is.
35–48 cm; male 315–488 g, female 265–470 g. In breeding plumage male has head, neck, sides, flanks and belly reddish brown to rich chestnut, with blacker... read more
Considered quieter than S. discors and generally less vocal than most congenerics; male... read more
Diversity of shallow freshwater or brackish wetlands, with abundant emergent and fringe vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, roots and vegetative parts of aquatic plants, complemented with aquatic and semi-terrestrial invertebrates (insects, molluscs,... read more
Variable depending on locality; starts late Apr in N (septentrionalium), with peak in mid May to mid June, although nests may... read more
Partially migratory; northernmost and southernmost breeders migrate to lower latitudes, to winter... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common and locally abundant. Subspecies borreroi was common in 1950s, now vanishing; no records in recent years and... read more
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