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Canvasback
Aythya valisineria

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 38 cm Wingspan: 86 cm

Description: Canvasbacks are a rare migrant in the Rockies. The male has a reddish-brown head. The forehead is almost non-existent, with the head sloping smoothly from the crown to the base of the bill. The forepart of the body is black, its back light gray and its belly white. The female can be distinguished by its light gray back and sides, and brown head, neck and forebody. The lack of a distinctive forehead helps distinguish the canvasback from the similar redhead. They do not nest in the Rockies, but migrate through on their way to the west coast for winter.

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