Dendrocygna fulva, Gm.
953. :- D. major, Jerd. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 790; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 487; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 288 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 119.
THE LARGER WHISTLING TEAL.
Length, 19.5 to 20.1; expanse, 36 to 36.75; wing, 8.75 to 9.2; tail, 3; tarsus, 2.5; bill from gape, 2.4; weight, 1 10/16 to 1 12/16 lbs.
Bill dusky-leaden, bluish at base; irides brown; legs and feet pale leaden or lavender-blue.
Head and neck chesnut, darker on the top of the head, whence a dark line extends down the back of the neck; chin, throat, and foreneck pale; in the centre of the neck there is a broad patch of small, whitish somewhat hackled feathers ; upper part of the back and scapulars deep brown ; the feathers edged with chesnut; lower part of the back black; lesser wing-coverts dark maroon; the other wing-coverts, wings, and tail, dusky black ; lower plumage chesnut; under tail-coverts (and a few of the upper tail-coverts also) yellowish-white ; the feathers of the flanks much lengthened, chesnut on one side, and yellowish-white on the other.
The Larger Whistling Teal is a rare seasonal visitant to the Deccan, and occurs also in Sind. I can find no record of its occurrence in any other portion of our limits.