Querquedula circia

Querquedula circia, Lin.

965. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 807 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 30 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 438; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 301 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 215 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 137.


Length, 15.9 to 16.25 ; expanse, 25.0 to 27.25; wing, 7.4 to 8.1; tail, 3.3 to 3.8 ; tarsus, 1.0 to 1.3 ; bill from gape, 1.75 to 1.92 ; weight, 10/16 to 1 lb.

Length, 14.8 to 15.5 ; expanse, 23.0 to 25.5 ; wing, 7.0 to 7.5 ; tail from vent, 2.9 to 3.5 ; tarsus, 1.0 to 1.15 ; bill from gape, 17 to 1.85 ; weight, 9/16 to 14/16 lbs.

Bill blackish-brown ; irides hazel; legs and feet dusky.

Male, crown, occiput, and a line down the back of the neck, umber-brown; over each eye a band of pure white, prolonged down the sides of the neck; cheeks and upper part of the neck chesnut-brown, with fine longitudinal streaks of white; back brown, glossed with green, the feathers edged with ashy and yellowish-brown ; scapulars long and acuminate, black, with a broad central white streak; wing-coverts bluish-ash ; speculum greyish-green, bordered above and below by a white bar; tail dusky-grey, the feathers edged lighter; upper tail-coverts yellowish-white, spotted with black; chin black; lower part of the neck and breast pale fulvous, with crescent-shaped black bars; abdomen white ; the flanks with transverse wavy lines of black ; vent and under tail-coverts yellowish-white, spotted with black.

The female has the head, neck, and upper parts, dusky-brown, the feathers with whitish edges; the eye-streak faint; wing-coverts dark ashy-grey ; speculum dull, the greenish tinge almost wanting; chin and throat white ; the lower part of the breast and belly white, spotted with brown on the flanks and lower abdomen.

The Garganey or Blue-winged Teal, although very common throughout the district, scarcely occurs in such immense numbers as the Common Teal. It is good eating, equal if not superior to Q. creoca.

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 circia
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Blue Winged Teal
Anas querquedula
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