Teal (Baikal) / Anas formosa

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It is also known as the squawk duck

Like all dabbling ducks the Baikal teal feeds in the heads down, tails up position

Also known as the Formosa teal, Spectacled teal or Bimaculate duck, it is a medium-sized dabbling duck that breeds in eastern Russia and winters in East Asia.

It inhabits marshes and lakes, forest streams and tundra rivers during the breeding season where it feeds on aquatic plants, algae and aquatic snails.

In the winter it is found in a range of freshwater and brackish habitats often foraging at night for seeds and grain.

It nests from May to June depending on the latitude at which it lives; the further north the later it breeds. 8-10 eggs are normally laid and these hatch after an incubation period of 25 days. The young ducklings lose their down and are fully fledged by 25-30 days.