1582. Anser brachyrhynchus (?).
The Pink-footed Goose.
Anser brachyrhynchus, Baillon, Mem. Soc. R. d'Abbev. 1833, p. 74; Blyth, Cat. p. 301; Irby, Ibis, 1861, p. 247; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 780; Hume, Cat. no. 946; Hume & Marsh. Game B. iii, p. 71, pl.; McLeod, S. F. x, p. 168; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 339; Salvadori, Cat. B. xxvii, p. 103.
Coloration. Head and neck brown, with a few whitish feathers at the base of the bill; back and wings greyer, the feathers with pale borders; rump blackish grey; primaries dark grey, blackish at the tip; secondaries blackish ; breast whity-brown, the sides darker, with pale bands formed by the tips of the feathers ; abdomen paler ; lower abdomen, flanks, and under and upper tail-coverts white; tail-feathers dark brownish grey, with broad white edges and tips on the outer feathers, diminishing on the middle rectrices.
Bill black at the base, and the nail black, intermediate portion pink; irides brown; legs fleshy to purplish pink, sometimes with an orange tinge.
Length 28 ; tail 5.25 ; whig 16 ; tarsus 3 ; bill from gape 2.
Distribution. This Goose breeds in the extreme North of Europe and migrates, chiefly to Western Europe, in the winter. The occurrence of A. brachyrhynchus in India has been repeatedly announced, by Blyth, Irby, Hume, and McLeod ; but as no Indian specimen appears to have been preserved, some doubts must remain as to whether the species has been rightly identified, especially as A. brachyrhynchus has not been observed elsewhere in Asia. There can however, I think, be no reasonable doubt that either this or some other species of the group of A. segetum with a black tip to the bill does occur.