Baikal Teal

Scientific Name: Sibirionetta formosa 
Common Name: Baikal Teal
Other Name: Bimaculate duck or Squawk duck

Identifying Features: Male’s back of the neck green coloured, neck and throat yellow- black coloured, dark upper portion of head (crown), light brown breast with dark spots, grey sides; Female has a distinctive white spot at the base of the bill, white throat, light eyebrow bordered by a darker crown.

Fun Facts:

  • It breeds in pools on the tundra edge and within swampy forests. In winter it is found on lowland fresh waters.
  • The specific epithet formosa is from the Latin formosus for “beautiful”.


This image was clicked by Dorothy Sutherland – via Flickr.

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