Anas poecilorhyncha

Anas poecilorhyncha, Forst.

959. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 799 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 29; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 437; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 292; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 165; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 137.


Length, 22 to 25.9 ; expanse, 32.5 to 38.5 ; wing, 9.2 to 11.2; tail, 4.9 to 5.8 ; tarsus, 17 to 1.93 ; bill from gape, 2.3 to 2.75 ; weight, 1 14/16 to 3 1/4 lbs.

Bill black, red at base, yellow at tip ; irides brown ; legs and feet coral to vermilion-red, in young birds inclining to orange. Top of the head and nape dark sepia-brown, with some pale brown edgings; a dark brown line from the upper mandible through the eye ending in a point; supercilium, whole face, and neck dingy fulvous with small brown streaks, enlarging on the lower neck; upper plumage, including the lesser and median wing-coverts and scapulars, hair-brown; greater-coverts white, edged with deep black ; primaries brown ; secondaries, forming a conspicuous speculum, glossy green, with a black tip, narrowly edged with white on the innermost feathers ; tertiaries white externally (forming a continuous line with the white coverts), hair-brown internally; lower back and rump black; tail deep brown ; beneath, from the breast, pale earthy or dingy-white, with numerous brown spots, increasing in size on the abdomen and flanks ; vent and under tail-coverts deep blackish-brown.

The Grey Duck is a more or less tolerably common permanent resident throughout the district. It is a very good eating bird, almost when in good condition rivalling the Mallard in flavor and delicacy. It breeds towards the close of the rains, making a nest amongst sedges and rushes. The eggs, six or seven in number, are broad ovals, white or greyish-white in color, measuring 2.16 inches in length by about 1.71 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Grey Or Spot-billed Duck
Indian Spot-billed Duck
Anas poecilorhyncha

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