Anser albifrons, Scop.
947.- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 780 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 284 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 73.
THE WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE.
Length, 26 to 28 ; expanse, 52 to 56; wing, 15 to 15.75 ; tail, 5.2 to 6 ; tarsus, 2.45 to 2.75 ; bill from gape, 1.87 to 2; weight, 4 5/16 to 5 2/16 lbs.
Bill pale livid-fleshy; nail whitish or pale yellowish-white; irides pale brown; legs and feet bright orange.
Head and neck brownish, shaded with reddish ; forehead and part of the cheeks white, surrounded by a dark brown band; body above dull ashy-brown, with reddish-white margins to the, feathers; upper tail-coverts dark ashy, the longest white; lesser Wing-coverts dull brown, slightly edged rufous; middle-coverts ashy-bluish, tipped white ; primaries ashy-grey, black at the tip; secondaries black; tail ashy ; the feathers edged and broadly tipped with white; plumage beneath brownish on the breast and flanks, passing into whitish-grey with spots and wide cross bands of black on the lower part of the breast, the upper abdomen and flanks ; lower abdomen and under tail-coverts pure white.
Within our limits the White-fronted Goose is a comparatively rare cold weather visitant to Sind alone.