Baikal Teal (Anas formosa) are a species of teal that breeds in eastern Russia and Siberia. As their scientific name suggests, Baikal Teal are indeed one of the most beautiful teal species. The drakes have a harlequin-like patterns on their head of green, yellow, white and dark brown. Another prominent feature of the drakes are their long scapular feathers. The hens are similar to Green-winged Teal hens, though they Baikal Teal hens have a distinct white dot at the base of their bill. Ducklings and juvenile birds will also exhibit this dot at the base of the bill. This species does have an eclipse plumage, but their beauty during the breeding months certainly makes them a desirable species. Consequently, this is a relatively established species in captivity.
Baikal Teal are okay in a mixed species collection, but they do prefer to have lots of vegetation and spots to get away for them to feel safe enough to breed. This species was added to my collection in late 2016, and since Baikal Teal can breed at one year of age, I hope to breed this lovely species. More information will be posted regarding my approach with this species at a later date.
Please contact me if you are interested in acquiring this species and want to be placed on a waiting list.