Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Salvadori's Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis)


French: Canard de Salvadori German: Salvadoriente Spanish: Ánade papúa

Salvadorina waigiuensis

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1894,



Often placed in genus Anas. Shares several characters with Hymenolaimus and Merganetta, but this possibly due to convergent evolution. Monotypic.


Mountain streams and lakes of New Guinea; despite its specific name and stated type locality, not known to occur on Waigeo I (off NW New Guinea).

Descriptive notes

38–43 cm; 420–525 g. Elongated shape; often raises pointed tail, especially in alarm, and swims with curious jerky motion of head. No other duck recorded in New... read more


Considered to be generally quiet, with male giving whistle in courtship and female a bisyllabic... read more


Mountain torrents, brooks and streams (including those with sluggish, muddy waters) and small... read more

Food and feeding

Aquatic invertebrates (mostly insect larvae) and possibly tadpoles and small fish. Invertebrates recorded in diet include caddis-fly larvae... read more


Very extended season, perhaps mainly during dry season when river levels are lower permitting nesting on ephemeral islands, with eggs laid... read more


Mainly sedentary; not usually observed outside normal range. However, in 2005 and Nov 2008, birds... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range and very specific habitat. Population has been variously estimated at 2500–20,000 birds, with BirdLife International currently... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Salvadori's Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis). 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 12 December 2019).