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Baikal teal, formosa teal, spectacled teal
Baikal teals are medium-sized ducks. The top of their head is dark brown to black with buff and green patches on the face surrounded by white and black. The breast is light brown, speckled with black. The sides are bluish-gray. The bill is dark gray to black and the legs and feet gray.
39-43 cm (15.6-17.2 in.)
360-520 g (12.6-18.2 oz)
Includes insects, seeds, and aquatic plants
Approximately 25 days
Averages 20-30 years
Central and eastern Siberia, winters in China, Japan, and Korea
Inhabits marshes and lakes, forest streams and tundra rivers; winters in variety of freshwater and brackish areas
This duck feeds by dabbling from the water surface. Dipping its head, it upends its body.
At night, Baikal teals forage for acorns in the woods and grains and seeds by roadways.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
This species's population has declined markedly in the last few years due to over-hunting and habitat destruction.
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