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Male Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)


According to the wikipedia and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, the Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) is a dabbling duck which breeds within the forest zone of eastern Siberia from the Yenisey basin eastwards to Kamchatka. It is a migratory species, wintering in Japan, Korea and northern and eastern China.

They are considered vulnerable. They used to be widespread in the Far East, breeding in north-east Siberia, and wintering in South Korea, Japan, and China, but by 1990 only an estimated 50,000 remained. Wintering flocks of 100,000 were formerly seen in Japan, but by 1995 only 700 were observed. The decline is largely due to overhunting - they are a favorite of collectors and some birds are still exported from China to Hong Kong and Japan, and are available to the international bird market via Hong Kong.

However, they are staging a comeback. Recent observations in Korea at the Haenam tidal-flats, counted a single flock of at least 168,000. Another count at Haenam and Cheonsu Bay, suggested a Korean Baikal Teal population of 250-270 000 birds! But conservation efforts of their native habitats are still needed.

I photographed this bird at the Lincoln Park Zoo duck pond where many wild and captive birds congregate during the afternoon feeding. This bird might be a captive bird because of the presence of a band around its one leg. They have been seen on Lake Michigan though.

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