Fuligula ferina, Lin.
968. :- Aythya ferina, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 812; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 30 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 438 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 306 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 247 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 138.
THE RED-HEADED POCHARD.
Length, 17.25 to 18.5 ; expanse, 28.75 to 32.2; wing, 7.5 to 8.5 ; tail, 2.2 to 3.2; tarsus, 1.4 to 1.5 ; bill from gape, 2 to 2.27 ; weight, 1 5/16 to 2 5/16 lbs.
Bill bluish-grey, the tip and base black; irides orange-yellow; legs and feet bluish-grey.
Male, head and neck bright chesnut-red ; upper part of the back black; middle and lower back, wing-coverts, and scapulars, white, with numerous fine undulating black lines ; rump and upper tail-coverts black; tail dark ashy-brown; primaries deep duskj^-brown; secondaries bluish-grey; breast black; abdomen whitish, faintly undulated like the back, the lines becoming darker towards the vent; under tail-coverts black.
The female has the crown, nape, and sides of the neck, and the upper part of the back, reddish-brown ; the back as in the male, but the lines less distinct; throat and forepart of the neck white, mixed with reddish; breast reddish-brown, mottled with white ; the middle of the abdomen greyish-white.
The Pochard or Dun-bird is common in Sind during the cold weather; it is not uncommon in Guzerat and Rajputana, but is less so in the Deccan. When in good condition the Pochard is not bad eating ; if not disturbed much, they are by no means shy, but when often fired at they soon become wary.