Fuligula cristata, Bay.
971. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 815 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 31 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 438; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 304; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 277 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 138.
THE CHESTED POCHARD.
Length, 15.2 to 17.2 ; expanse, 26.7 to 30.3; wing, 7.6 to 8.5 ; tail, 2.5 to 3.25 ; tarsus, 1.2 to 1.4; bill from gape, 1.81 to 2 ; weight, 1 5/16 to 2 1/2 lbs.
Bill dark bluish grey, black at tip ; irides golden yellow ; legs leaden; webs dusky.
Head and neck, including the long pendent, silky crest, glossy black with green and purple reflections j back, wings, and rump, black slightly glossed and powdered with greyish white ; breast glossy blacky rest of the lower parts pure white ; the vent black ; speculum, formed by the secondaries, white, With a narrow greenish-black edge; tertials glossy-green.
The female has the colors somewhat duller and more brown ; the crest not so long ; speculum smaller ; and the lower parts spotted with brown.
The young want the crest, and have the base of the bill and region of the eyes varied with white.
The Tufted Pochard is more or less common throughout the whole region, less in Sind, perhaps, than elsewhere. It is quite abundant in Central India. It is not a particularly good bird for the table, but at times it is eatable.