307. Nettium formosum.
THE BAIKAL or CLUCKING TEAL.
Male 15 1/2" to 18"; 1 lb. Legs greenish blue. Bill bluish brown. Forehead, crown, band from eye to throat, chin, and throat black. Green band from eye to eye, round nape. Sides of head, and upper neck buff. Narrow borders to all black areas on head and neck white. Back, sides of breast, and flanks finely vermiculated grey and white. Secondaries bronze-green near coverts, tips black. Speculum green, ending velvet-black, bordered silver.— Female dusky, edged rufous. Tail-coverts white, with brown spots. Spot near base of bill and another below eye buff. E. Siberia, S. China, and Japan, straggling occasionally to W. Asia and Europe. Bare in India. Eggs (1.85 x 1.35) pale grey-green. (J. 966. B. 1596. H. & M. iii. 225.)