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The remarkably colorful Baikal Teal

Believe it or not, as remarkable as his plumage currently is, this male Baikal teal has yet to reach the apex of his breeding plumage. As revered ornithologist, author, and aviculturist Jean Delacour pointed out in Waterfowl of the World: “When the Baikal Teal assumes its breeding plumage in October, it remains rather dull for about 3 months, as the feathers of the head and neck are bordered with hoary grey; but this gradually wears out and the full brilliance of the dress appears in January or February.” The photo here depicts the accuracy of this observation. Even at 85%, the Baikal teal male is still one of the most beautiful of all waterfowl!

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