Anas formosa   (Georgi,  1775) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: length c. 40 cm

Color: Male (breeding), With a distinctive gaudily patterned head. Crown, nape, hindneck, and throat black. Face, sides of upper foreneck and below the throat buff, narrowly margined with white. A narrow crescentic vertical black band from eye down across the face to the black throat. A broad crescentic metallic green band from behind eye down sides of head bounded behind by the white loop and as in front by the buff facial patch. Mantle slaty grey, pencilled with brown and black. Inner scapulars and tertiaries very long and lanceolate as in the Garganey, velvety black, white and cinnamon. Speculum black and bronze green, edged with black and white. Below, breast vinaceous, spotted with black. Sides slaty. Rest of underparts largely White.
Female (Adult), Overall brown, similar to female Common Teal but for somewhat larger size and the distinctive head pattern- crown dark; face light speckled brown with dark lines above the eyes from eye to nape. A round white patch at base of bill (below the brown lores).
Young (immature), Like female but plainer, with no white patch near bill (Delacour).

Breeding: Extralimital

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Baikal Teal (English)
• Sohamani murghabi (Gujarati)
• Clucking Teal (English)
• Formosa Teal (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Habitat loss to agriculture development and hunting)

Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  water snail,algae and other water plants
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Delhi, Okhla barrage bird sanctuary INDIA
• Manipur (Lat: 24.68) (Long: 93.90) INDIA
• Assam (Lat: 26.21) (Long: 92.93) INDIA
• Bihar (Lat: 26.11) (Long: 85.28) INDIA
• Bengal (Lat: 15.98) (Long: 89.16) INDIA
• Uttar Pradesh (Lat: 27.63) (Long: 80.09) INDIA
• Gujarat (Lat: 22.50) (Long: 68.31) INDIA
• Rajasthan (Lat: 27.03) (Long: 74.21) INDIA
• Punjab (Lat: 31.16) (Long: 75.34) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO
  • Urfi AJ (2003) The birds of Okhla barrage bird sanctuary, Delhi, India Forktail 19 39-50pp Available at -

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