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Duck-Day Baikal Teal Anas for. by webcruiser Duck-Day Baikal Teal Anas for. by webcruiser
The temperature was low and the wind was cold but I visited the beautiful ducks as it was planned yesterday.

Thanks to Wikipedia: :thanks:
The Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) is a dabbling duck that breeds within the forest zone of eastern Siberia from the Yenisey basin eastwards to Kamchatka, northern Koryak, eastern Magadan Oblast, northern Khabarovsk Krai, southeastern and northern Sakha east central Irkutsk Oblast, and northern Krasnoyarsk Krai It is a migratory species, wintering in Japan, South Korea and northern and eastern China, from Beijing down the coast to the Vietnam border and west to Yunnan then north to Chongqing and Henan. Molecular and behavioral data suggest 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.

At between 39 and 43 cm, this duck is slightly larger and longer-tailed than the Common Teal. The breeding male is unmistakable, with a striking green nape, yellow and black auriculars, neck, throat. It has a dark crown, and it's breast is light brown with dark spots. It has long dropping dark scapulars and it's grey sides are set off on the fron and rear with white bars.

The female looks similar to a female Green-winged Teal but with a longer tail, and a distinctive white spot at the base of the bill and a white throat that angles to the back of the eye. She also has a distinct light eyebrow bordered by a darker crown. The underwing is similar to the Green-winged Teal also, but has a darker leading edge. The gree speculum has an indistinct cinnamon-buff inner border. Some "females" have "bridle" markings on their faces, but it has been suggested that at least some of these bridled "females," if not all, are in fact juvenile males. The juvenile has a plumage similar to that of the female and can be distinguished from the Common Teal by the pale loral spot.

In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female, but plumage is a much richer rufous colour.

It breeds in pools on the tundra edge and within swampy forests. In winter it is found on lowland fresh waters.

This species is classified as Vulnerable due to hunting and destruction of its wintering wetland habitats. However, recent books state that the species is making a good comeback.

There are approximately 300,000 baikal teal in the world.
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LittleKunai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
What a beautiful bird
LittleKunai Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
what a lovely bird
Amber93 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a special and a cool duck :)!
LoluKomiya Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute! :heart:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful detail :clap:
meihua Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Oh man, what a beautiful duck! Great capture :)
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
what an amazing bird! beautiful capture of a stunning creature :love:
madrush08 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photo. I featured it in my journal, but I think I miss labeled it as a cinnamon teal. I will go fix that: [link]
Cyberfish Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ihre Brust sieht aus als wäre sie perforiert. ^^
webcruiser Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Pssst... er ist (noch) in der Mauser.
deoroller Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
schön scharf geworden! :thumbsup:
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Mar 15, 2009, 12:40:20 PM