Cinnamon teal males have a red eye, long dark-colored bill, and vivid brown-orange plumage. They also feature a brown back and white underwing. Female, immature, and nonbreeding male are mostly rich brownish overall. All adults have a sky-blue patch on thier open wings, similar to other teal and shovelers.
These birds are among the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America with breeding populations estimated at 100,000 to 300,000. While many of the waterfowl species can be found anywhere, these ducks are confined only to the central and western fly ways.