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Canvasback

Athya valisineria
Canvasback 2

The canvasback is one of the largest and fastest flying ducks in North America. In flight, the male exhibits the most white of any duck and is very distinct with its “canvas” colored back, chestnut-red head, elongated black bill, and blood-red eyes. The female has the same elongated bill, but its head is buffy with brown eyes, and its body is brown. For the past 25 years, the continental population of canvasbacks has fluctuated around 580,000 individuals, with 25% of that population in the Pacific Flyway. San Francisco Bay estuary has historically supported the largest wintering numbers in the flyway. 

This excerpt is taken from a story written by Kammie Kruse and John Takekawa in 1998. 

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Facts About Canvasback

Size:  21"' in Length

Diet:  Aquatic vegetation and invertebrates, mostly clams

Foraging Technique:  Diving

Female returns to natal area to breed

Page Photo Credits — Canvasback/Greg Block
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2013
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