Clangula glaucium

Clangula glaucium, Lin,

971bis. :- C. glaucion, Lin. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 296 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 285.


Length, 16.5 to 19; expanse, 28 to 32 ; wing, 8.6 to 9.35; tail, 3.3 to 4.1 ; tarsus, 1.41 to 1.65; bill from gape, 1.2 to 1.4 ; weight, 2 to 2 10/16 lbs.

Length, 15.7 to 16.5; expanse, 26.3 to 28; wing, 7.5 to 8.25 ; tail, 3 to 3.4 ; tarsus, 1.22 to 1.35 ; bill from gape, 1.12 to 1.19 ; weight, 1 7/16 to 1 14/16 lbs.

Bill, in old males, bluish or greenish-black, duskier and duller colored in old females and young ; nail black; irides vary from orange-yellow to pale yellow.

Male: Head and upper part of the neck deep glossy green, in some lights purple ; throat brownish-black ; a patch of white between the upper mandible and cheek ; lower neck all round, breast, forepart of the abdomen, sides, and lower tail-coverts, white ; axillary feathers and lower wing-coverts blackish-brown; edges of posterior elongated feathers on the sides black ; back, inner and posterior scapulars, black; outer scapulars white with black margins; tail deep brown, tinged with grey ; the sides of the rump and tibia dusky-grey ; feathers on the hind-part of the abdomen, dusky at the base.

Female : Head and upper neck umber-brown; lower neck all round dull ash-grey, the feathers terminally edged paler; lower parts white, but sides of the body, rump, and part of the abdomen, grey; axillaries and lower wing-coverts brownish-grey; back and scapulars deep ashy-grey, shading to black on the hind-back ; tail dark-brown, tinged with grey; smaller wing-coverts deep grey, many of them tipped pale grey ; primaries, their coverts, four outer secondaries, and five inner, with their coverts, brownish-black ; the other secondaries pure white, as on their coverts, except at the base.

Two specimens only have been recorded from India; one of them was obtained 45 years ago by Sir A. Burnes, on the Indus.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Clangula glaucium
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Golden Eye Or Garrot
Common Goldeneye
Bucephala clangula
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