Baikal Teal: here’s the scoop


In the early 20th century, it was one of the most numerous ducks in eastern Asia and flocks of many thousands were regularly reported, but a significant decline occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. Hunting, pesticide poisoning, water pollution, habitat loss and development have caused declines in their population.


Baikal Teal

Scientific name

Sibirionetta formosa


Nests in open meadows near water and in mossy bogs. Winters on freshwater lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, often roosting on water during the day and feeding in fields during the night.


Feeds on seeds, grain, snails, algae, and other water plants

life expectancy

20 – 30 years

Did you know?

Baikal teal is a dabbling duck that feeds by dabbling on the surface.


Breeds in eastern Siberia, Russia and occurs on passage in Mongolia and North Korea. They winter mainly in Japan, South Korea, and mainland China.

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant