Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa)


French: Sarcelle élégante German: Gluckente Spanish: Cerceta del Baikal

Anas formosa


, 1775,

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Russia


Normally placed in Anas; occasionally in Nettion. Monotypic.


E Siberia from Yenisey Valley E to Kamchatka and Sea of Okhotsk coast. Winters mainly in Japan, South Korea and mainland China; rare winter visitor to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Descriptive notes

36–43 cm; male 360–520 g, female 402–505 g; wingspan 65–75 cm. Slightly larger than Anas crecca, with proportionately longer wings and tail,... read more


Occasionally in autumn, but more frequently in spring, males incessantly produce deep, chuckling “... read more


Rivers, small lakes, pools and marshes in well-wooded country or in Arctic tundra. Winters in... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, leaves, stems and other vegetative parts of grasses, sedges, aquatic plants and crops (e.g. rice in winter); also aquatic... read more


Poorly known. Arrives on breeding grounds between late Apr and May, with egg laying in late May S of Arctic Circle or early–mid Jun... read more


Migratory: winters (mainly between mid Nov to late Feb or early Mar) in E & SE China (S to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern), but until recently treated as Vulnerable by BirdLife International. CITES II. Protected in Russia, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Hong... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Baikal Teal (Sibirionetta formosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).