304. Anas ptilorhyncha

304. Anas ptilorhyncha.

THE SPOTTED-BILLED DUCK.

Garmpai, India; Gugral, N. W. P.; Hunjur. Sind; Kara, Manipur ; Naddun, Nepal.

Male 24" to 26"; 2 1/4. to 3 1/4 lbs. Female 22" to 24"; 2 to 2f lbs. Legs orange. Bill black, base red, tip yellow, nail black. Brown eye-line. Speculum green, with black tip, edged white. Greater coverts white, edged deep black. Breast white, conspicuously spotted black. Sexes alike, but female has eighteen tail-feathers (two less than the male). India, Ceylon, Assam, and Burma. Six to twelve eggs (2.15 x 1.70), greyish white. (J. 959. B. 1593.) See illustration, p. 269.

Also A. zonorhyncha. 23". Legs bright red. Bill black, tip yellow. Similar to A. poecilorhyncha, but breast is brown, unspotted. Speculum black, glossy blue and black. China, Mongolia, E. Siberia, Japan, and Kurile Islands.

A. undulata. 20". Legs black. Bill yellow, with longitudinal patch on culmen, and nail black. Above dark brown, edged paler. Broad speculum, black, green, and white. S., E., and W. Africa.

A. sparsa. 21". Legs orange. Bill yellow, culmen and nail black. General plumage sepia, edged lighter. Speculum black, green, and white. Conspicuous white bars across tail, upper tail-coverts, and tertials. S. and E. Africa.

A. specularis. 21". Legs red. Bill black. Head and neck brown. Large spot between bill and eyes. Chin and mid-throat white. Above glossy brown-black, edged paler. Speculum copper-red, with black band. S. America.

A. cristata. 24". The Crested Duck. Legs grey. Bill brown. Head and neck grey, finely spotted brown. Occipital patch brown. Nape with long pendent crest. Chin and throat white. Above brown, edged paler. Speculum copper-red and black. S. America.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
304. Anas ptilorhyncha
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
304
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
268
Common name: 
Spotted Billed Duck
M_ID: 
435
M_CN: 
Indian Spot-billed Duck
M_SN: 
Anas poecilorhyncha
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
13168

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