Baikal Teal

Anas formosa

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

BATE

Code 6

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Baikal Teal breeds in bogs and soggy meadows over a range of 2,350,000 square kilometers in northeastern Russia, and winters on freshwater lakes, rivers, and reservoirs in eastern Russia and China, Japan, and the Korean peninsula. It has also occurred as a vagrant in North America. Although this species declined from over-hunting in the past, hunting has decreased since then and populations of the Baikal Teal have increased. The current population may be around one million individuals, and is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Baikal Teal: Small dabbling duck, head pattern of pale brown, green, white, and black. Pink breast has dark spots, flanks are gray bordered with vertical white stripes, scapulars are brown, black, and white. Wing speculum is green with buff upper and white lower border. Black undertail coverts.

 

Range and Habitat

Baikal Teal: Breeds in eastern Russia and spends the winter in East Asia. Occurs in Alaska and in limited areas of the west coast states. Nests near swampy tundra areas. Spends winters on freshwater lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and farmlands, often roosting on water during the day and feeding in fields at night.

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Baikal Teal SONGS AND CALLS

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Voice Text

"klo-klo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • At night, Baikal Teals forage for acorns in the woods and grains and seeds by roadways.
  • Although believed to be the most numerous duck in eastern Asia in the 1940s, excessive hunting reduced the population to an estimated 40,000 in the 1980s. Over the last decade, populations of Baikal teal have increased dramatically.
  • Molecular and behavioral data suggests that it has no close relatives among living ducks and should be placed in a distinct genus; it is possibly closest to such species as the Garganey and the Northern Shoveler.
  • A group of teal has many collective nouns, including a "coil", "dopping", "knob", "paddling", and "spring" of teal.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BreastX
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Short feathers in the area where the bird’s back and wings join.
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The brightly colored area on the wing (secondaries of the wing) on several duck species.
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