Baikal teal


Baikal teal (Anas formosa)

The Baikal teal (Anas formosa) is a dabbling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
English name:
Baikal teal
German name:
French name:
Sarcelle élégante
Scientific name:
Anas formosa

Scientific classification




Display a vibrant plumage that makes them unmistakable. The males have gold on each cheek, a black stripe on the top of the head bordered by small white streaks, and a black line from each eye to the throat. The summer breeding plumage of males also includes dark pinkish breasts with a white stripe down the center, small white lines from the side of the breasts up to the shoulder, blue-grey sides, a black under tail, brown on the back, and long shoulder feathers with a black, white, and light brown streak pattern. 

non-breeding season males: resemble the females in their complete brown color, but may retain some of the patterns near their eyes.

Are mostly brown covered with dark spots with an anterior whitish neck often extending to the cheeks. The facial pattern is highly contrasting, with dark eye stripes behind the eyes, and a small white patch of feathers in front of the eye on a dark background.

Are brown with less contrast and definite patterns than the females.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Baikal teal measures approximately 39-43 centimeters. The female measures approximately 39-43 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 420-525 gram. The female will weight about 420-525 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

Baikal teal are hardy, quiet and peaceable, suitable for mixed collections with plentiful natural cover.

Eggs are laid April to May, in natural vegetation cover near water or in a ground-level nest box. Nest made of dried grass and plants lined with feathers and down. Ducklings may be reared reared with no particular problems. 

Hybrids have been recorded with other Anas species and with Red-crested pochard (Netta rufina); these usually involve drakes, but duck recorded breeding with Silver teal (Anas versicolor) drake.

The female Baikal teal usually lays from 8-10 Pale greenish eggs and incubates them for 21-23 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Baikal teal is 8 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young dabbling duck at around 11-12 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
Preferred food:
Lundi Exquisit
Lundi Exquisit
Lundi Exquisit
Lundi Exquisit
Lundi Exquisit
Lundi Exquisit
Lundi Exquisit

Floatable special complete food for sea birds with the highest nutritional requirements. Each chunk contains the complete nutrient spectrum. The high protein content of 35% ensures a healthy and species-appropriate diet. Spiral algae give a more magnificent coloration of plumage and sea salt promotes the salt gland.

Lundi Premium
Lundi Premium
Lundi Premium
Lundi Premium
Lundi Premium

Floating full food for all sea ducks, green ducks, eider ducks and geese, especially in the moulting and breeding phase ideally suited. Packed with wholesome raw materials, natural vitamins and trace elements, this performance food with a protein content of 30% forms the basis for lifelong vitality.

Europese soort

Het is niet verboden om deze vogels te houden die van nature in Nederland voorkomen, op voorwaarde dat deze vogels in gevangenschap zijn geboren; nakweek dus. Deze vogels zijn voorzien van een gesloten pootring. Het is wel verboden om deze vogels te houden die in het wild gevangen zijn. Alleen bepaalde instanties, zoals vogelasiels en vogelhospitalen, zijn bevoegd om jonge en gewonde wilde vogels te houden. Deze bescherming van vogels wordt vormgegeven door schadelijke handelingen te verbieden zoals:het doden, verwonden, vangen, bemachtigen en met het oog daarop opsporen van vogels (art. 9 Flora- en faunawet); het opzettelijk verontrusten van vogels (art. 10 Flora- en faunawet);het beschadigen, vernielen, uithalen, wegnemen en verstoren van nesten, holen of andere voortplantings- of vaste rust- of verblijfplaatsen van vogels (art. 11 Flora- en faunawet);en het zoeken, rapen, uit het nest nemen, beschadigen of vernielen van eieren van vogels (art. 12 Flora- en faunawet).

Photos of the Baikal teal

Videos of the Baikal teal