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 Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)




Canvasback | Aythya valisineria photo
Canvasback (Male), Lost Lagoon, Near Stanley Park, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Canvasback | Aythya valisineria photo
Canvasback (Female), Lost Lagoon, Near Stanley Park, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

CANVASBACK FACTS

Description
The mal Canvasback duck has reddish head, black chest and white body. It is similar in appearance to the Redhead duck, but the Canvasback has whiter body. The female is duller with sandy brown head and gray body. Immature birds are similar to adult females.

Size
48-56 cm

Environment
prairie wetlands, marshes, lakes, bays, estuaries.

Food
Seeds, leaves, roots, invertebrates

Breeding
The Canvasback nest is made from mass of floating vegetation and lined with down. The nest is anchored to reeds. Lays five to eleven dull green eggs.

Range
Breeds in Alaska, western Canada to the Northwest Territories, northern United States from Nevada to Minnesota. Winters in coastal and southern United States.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Aythya
Species:valisineria
Common Name:Canvasback


Relatives in same Genus
  Lesser Scaup (A. affinis)
  Redhead (A. americana)
  Ring-necked Duck (A. collaris)
  Tufted Duck (A. fuligula)
  Greater Scaup (A. marila)