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Teal question. Brevard Co. FL.


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Saw these two birds on Jan 1 at Merritt Island NWR. There have been reports of a Cinnamon X Blue Wing Teal hybrid. Could this be what the bird on the right is? And, can anything be said conclusively about the bird on the left?

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2 hours ago, cvanbosk said:

You and me both. The bill just looks large and "cinnamon-y" to me. (the bird on the left).

And it seems to have a plainer face than a Blue-winged, it could definitely be another hybrid or a pure Cinnamon. Hopefully someone else with more experience can step in here.

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The male on the right has an incomplete but definite white crescent and a red or at least reddish eye. I would say that means it's a hybrid.  I agree the bill on the female looks like a  cinnamon teal but I don't know the slight variations in facial pattern well enough to make a definite call.

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