1581. Anser erythropus.
The Dwarf Goose or Lesser White-fronted. Goose.
Anas erythropus, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 197 (1766). Anser minutus, Naum. Vog. Deutschl. xi, p. 365, pl. 290 (1842); Irby, Ibis, 186], p. 247 ; Hume, Cat. no. 948 ; Reid, S. F. x, p. 79. Anser erythropus, Newton, P. Z. S. 1860, p. 339; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 781; Hume, S. F. viii, p. 421; Hume & Marsh. Game B. iii, p. 77, pl.; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxvii, p. 97.
Very similar to A. albifrons, but smaller, with a much smaller hill. The plumage is generally darker, and the white of the forehead extends to the top of the head between the eyes. The Coloration of the soft parts appears to be the same in the two species.
Length 21; tail 4 ; wing 14.5 ; tarsus 2.4; bill from gape 1.4.
Distribution. Similar to that of A. albifrons, but more Eastern, this species being rare in "Western Europe and the Mediterranean and common in China. It is a very rare cold-weather immigrant in Northern India, but specimens have been obtained by Col. Irby, Mr. A. Anderson, Dr. Bonavia, and Mr. Chill in the Eastern Punjab near Delhi, in the North-west Provinces, and in Oudh.