About this Species 

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Name:Canvasback
Family:Diving Ducks
Scientific Name: Aythya valisineria
Description:Canvasbacks are large and sleek with a long, sloping head. Drakes have a white body, black chest and tail, and rusty red head. Females are grayish brown with slightly darker chest and tail. Both have long, black bills.
Habit:They frequent natural or man-made open-water wetlands, where they feed on plants, seeds, snails and insect larvae. Canvasbacks commonly nest in western North America from Alaska to the Great Lakes. Females lay 5-11 eggs in nests made in cattails and bulrush over permanent prairie wetlands.
State Occurrence: Canvasbacks can be found throughout the state during winter but are most common on large, open reservoirs along major rivers.
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USFWS
Female and male