(Aythya valisineria)

Order:  Anseriformes
Family:  Anatidae

Photo © David Blevins

Canvasback Information

Length:  19 - 24"

Breeding habitat: Freshwater marshes; lakes, ponds, and rivers with marshy vegetation along the edges.

Winter habitat: Sheltered coastal bays and estuaries; deep lakes with areas free from ice.

Diet:  Seeds, leaves, stems, and roots of aquatic vegetation such as wild celery, pondweeds, water lilies, and sedges; aquatic insects, mollusks, small crustaceans, small fish.

  Calls of the Canvasback

  Identification tips for the Canvasback

Additional Information

Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Canvasback Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

The Canvasback is seen during migration throughout New England, with the exception of northern Maine.

It can be found during the winter along the coasts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. There are occasional and local winter sightings further inland in New England.

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS