Teal (Baikal)

Anas formosa

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

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Least Concern


Where they live

breeds in eastern Siberia and winters in Japan, South Korea and mainland China


open tussock meadows, bogs, and stands of willow and larch close to water


length 39-43cm


approx 450g


20-30 years


Habitat loss & hunting

Did you know...

  • It is also known as the squawk duck
  • Like all dabbling ducks the Baikal teal feeds in the heads down, tails up position

More about Baikal teals...

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.

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