Querquedula crecca

Querquedula crecca, Linn.

964. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II,. p. 806 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 30; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 438; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 300; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 205 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 137.


Length, 14.5 to 15.85; expanse, 23.0 to 25.25 ; wing, 7.2 to 8.0 ; tail, 3.0 to 3.6; tarsus, 1.1 to 1.3; bill from gape, 1.65 to 1.8 ; weight, 10 1/2 to 15 ozs.

Length, 13.5 to 14.9 ; expanse, 22.5 to 25.0 ; wing, 6.5 to 7.4 ; tail, 2.9 to 3.5 ; tarsus, 10 to 12 ; bill from gape, 1.5 to 1.77 ; weight, 7 7/16 to 12 ozs.

Bill blackish ; irides hazel-brown ; legs and feet greyish-brown. Male, crown. of head, cheeks, front and sides of the neck, ferruginous-brown ; on the sides_of the head, enclosing the eye, a large patch of deep glossy green, passing off backwards to the nape in the form of a black band ; back and scapulars beautifully marked with transverse undulating lines of black and white, some of the longer scapulars creamy-yellow with a portion of their outer webs velvet-black; tail hair-brown, the feathers edged with white ; wing-coverts brown, tinged with grey ; the speculum, formed by the tips of the secondary-coverts, deep green in the middle, velvet-black at the sides, bordered above by a broad yellowish-white bar; chin black; lower part of the neck in front and breast reddish or creamy-white, with round black spots; abdomen white; lower tail-coverts blackish-brown, bordered at the sides with yellowish-white.

The female has the head, neck, and all the upper parts, dusky-brown, the feathers more or less broadly edged with pale reddish-brown ; the throat, cheeks, and a band behind the eyes, yellowish-white, spotted with black ; the speculum as in the male, and the under parts yellowish-white.

The Common Teal is most abundant throughout the entire region ; it is one of the earliest ducks to arrive. It is excellent eating.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Querquedula crecca
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common Teal
Eurasian Teal
Anas crecca
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