Fuligula nyroca, Quid.
969. :- Aythya nyroca, Guld. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 813 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 30; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 439 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 301; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 263 ; Nyroca ferruginea, Gmel.; Swinhoe and. Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 138.
THE WHITE-EYED POCHARD.
Length, 16 to 17; expanse, 24 to 27.5; wing, 6.75 to 7.5 ; tail, 3 to 3.5 ; tarsus, 1 to 1.25; bill from gape, 1.9 to 2.1 ; weight 1 2/16 to 1 9/16 lbs.
Bill bluish ; irides white ; legs grey.
Male, head and neck deep ferruginous, with a narrow collar of blackish-brown on the lower part of the neck; back, scapulars and wing-coverts, dusky brown, somewhat glossed with green and purple, and the whole finely powdered with pale reddish-brown ; upper tail-coverts and tail dusky-brown, with a dash of ferruginous ; primaries dusky ; speculum white, edged with black in the lower part ; chin whitish ; lower part of the neck and breast bright ferruginous; abdomen and under tail-coverts pure-white ; the lower portion and vent blackish grey.
The female differs from the male in the head and neck being brown, the feathers edged with ferruginous ; the upper parts are glossy umber brown, the feathers edged with pale brown ; the irides are less pure white, and the bill and feet are dusky-grey ; otherwise as in the male. The White-eyed Pochard occurs more or less abundantly throughout the region.
It is by no means wary, but is not sought after by sportsmen, as it is at the best of times but indifferent eating.