Salvadori's Teal

Salvadori eend

Salvadori's Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis)

The Salvadori's Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis) is a dabbling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Salvadori eend
English name:
Salvadori's Teal
German name:
French name:
Canard de Salvadori
Scientific name:
Salvadorina waigiuensis

Scientific classification




Some individual variation in overall tone, especially darker birds, showing little to know barring on almost black under parts. Head and neck uniform gray-black. Breast and all under-parts including under tail -converts, white to buff, variably spotted black on breast and anterior flanks, spots increasing in size rearwards on flanks and merging into bold black barring; centre belly, vent and under tail-converts lightly spotted or none. Entire upper parts blackish with slight green gloss, feathers of back scapulars with whitish tips forming obvious barring, continuing onto rump and upper tail converts. Tail dark brown, narrowly barred whitish, and with long, pointed central feathers.

In flight, primaries and there converts blackish brown, with very small white tip's to the innermost primaries, seconderies black, glossed purplish, broadly tipped white and boarded in front with white, and median an d lesser converts dark grey-brown with whitish edges; under wing pale brown, almost whitish edges, with darker grey flight feathers and mottled brown on converts; white trailing edge formed by tips of seconderies. Bill bright yellow, often spotted black , though comes duller nonbreeding season. Legs and feet yellowish-brown with darker brown or black blotching, mainly on webs. Red eyes.

A little smaller and with greyer, black spotted bill and brown eye.

Generally duller and lacking iridescence on upperparts and seconderies. Bill dark grey to olive brown, and legs pinkish - grey with some black on tarsus.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Salvadori's Teal measures approximately 38-43 centimeters. The female measures approximately 38-43 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!

Extended breeding season from April to October, possibly to January. Due to the ength of the breeding period it might be double-brooded. The nest is built close to water, on or near the ground, in covering vegetation, sometimes on boulders. Nest as solitary pairs. Both parents tend ducklings, females might carry ducklings on their backs.

The female Salvadori's Teal usually lays from 3-4 creamy to yellowish buff eggs and incubates them for 28 days.

Artificial incubating:

The ideal relative humidity for incubating most waterfowl eggs is 55% (ground nesters) and 40% (cavity nesters). The temperature is usually 37.4°C. Set ventilation as recommended by the incubator manufacturer. Eggs must be turned, either automatically or by hand, a minimum of 4 times a day. As the duckling develops there is a loss of water from the egg and the air sac gets bigger. In normal development of an egg with a 28 days incubation, the air sac occupies about a third of it three days earlier. Cleanliness is vital and ideally eggs should be moved to a separate hatcher at this point, where the humidity should be increased to 65% and even higher once they have pipped internally.

Bird banding:
Recommended closed leg band ring size for the Salvadori's Teal is 9 mm.
The leg band ring can only be applied on a young dabbling duck at around 12 days old.

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

Lundi Regular with a protein content of 20%, valuable Spirulina and high-quality by-products is optimally balanced in its composition maintenance food for water ornamental fowl of all kinds. Especially green teal and Whistling ducks that are not dependent on a very high protein content, are well supplied.

Lundi Regular contains all the minerals and vitamins in full form that are important for the animals. Therefore also suitable as breeding food.

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.

Photos of the Salvadori's Teal