Querquedula formosa, Geor.
966. :- Q. glocitans, Pall. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 808 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 302 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. Ill, p. 225.
THE CLUCKING TEAL.
Length, 15.8; wing, 8.15; tail, 3.9; tarsus, 1.3; bill at. front, 1.5 ; bill from gape, 1.92 ; weight, 1 lb.
Bill dusky ; irides chesnut-brown ; legs dusky.
Male: forehead, top of the head, and occiput, rich purple-brown, banded by a narrow white line from the eye; face, cheeks, and sides of cheeks fawn color ; a black streak from below the eye, meeting a black patch on the throat; nape and hind-neck glossy green, ending in a black stripe down the back of the neck, separated from the fawn color of the side of the neck by a narrow white line; upper plumage finely marbled-grey, edged with rufous on the back; upper wing-coverts hair-brown; the median-coverts the same, with an edging of rufous forming the anterior margin of the speculum, which is glossy-green, ending, in velvet-black, and bordered posteriorly by silvery-white ; primaries brown; scapulars lengthened, deep black in the centre, white on their upper side, and rufous externally ; upper tail-coverts brown, white on either side; tail of 16 feathers dark, brown ; beneath the throat -black ; the neck and breast vinous-purple, with a few black spots, paling below; abdomen white; flanks mottled-grey; under tail-coverts black.
The female wants the rich markings on the head and face, which are mottled grey and brown; the scapulars are not lengthened ; .the upper plumage is dusky, with rufous edgings ; the chin and throat white ; the breast rufous, largely spotted with dark brown, as are the flanks ; the tail-coverts white, with brown spots.
The Clucking Teal is a very rare straggler within our limits, but a specimen has been recorded from the Muncher Lake in Sind.