Canvasback - Aythya valisineria

Length 1.6-1.8 ft (48.3-55.9 cm)
Wingspan 2.4 ft (73.7 cm)
Weight 2.7 lb (1224.7 g)
Clutch Size 9-10
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The rusty red head of the male Canvasback is quite distinctive. The female is not as colorful, but the light brown and white body is quite interesting. Canvasbacks are a North American bird. They breed in western Canada, Alaska, and north-western U.S. They winter in the U.S. and Mexico.

Canvasbacks feed mainly by diving for aquatic plants. They also eat some mollusks, aquatic insects, and small fish. A reliable place to find them in the S.F. Bay Area is at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA during the fall and winter.

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