Fuligula ferina

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.


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.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Fuligula ferina
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Red Headed Pochard
Common Pochard
Aythya ferina
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