Geographical Range Northwestern and central North America; winters in Gulf Coast and southern Mexico
Habitat Marshes, ponds, lakes, rivers, bays
Scientific Name Aythya valisineria
Conservation Status Common

It's not hard to recognize a male canvasback, with its copper-colored head, black chest and tail, and white body. The female is a pale version of the male, colored to help her hide as she nests among the marsh reeds.

These are diving ducks, plunging their head beneath the water's surface in search of plants and small aquatic animals. Their broad webbed feet help them paddle easily through the water.

Though canvasbacks live primarily in the northwestern portions of North America, they migrate south for the winter. These birds are powerful and fast in the air. A flock is capable of flying as fast as 72 miles per hour in its high, V-shaped formation. Their wings make a loud whirring noise as they fly.