299. Dendrocygna fulva.
THE LARGE WHISTLING TEAL.
Murghabi. Bengal; Badak, Deccan; Yerrinda, Travancore; Silli, India; Sisalee, Pegu.
MALE 18" to 21"; 1 3/4 lbs. Female 19 1/2"; 1 1/2 lbs. Legs leaden. Bill leaden. Head (with slight crest) and neck chestnut. A gorget of whitish hackles, and black stripe down back of neck. Flank-feathers long, with dark edges. Upper tail-coverts whitish. C. and S. America, Africa (south of the Sahara), Madagascar, India, Ceylon, and Burma. Eggs 2.18 x 1.7. (J. 953. B. 1590.) See illustration, p. 260.
Also D. arcuata. 17". Legs and bill dark ashy. Head and line down back of neck chocolate. Back and scapulars black, edged rufous. Breast pale rufous, dotted black. Abdomen whitish, with brown spots. Philippines, Celebes, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, New Guinea, Australia, and Fiji Islands.
D. viduata. 17 1/2". Legs leaden. Bill brown, nail black. Anterior part of head and throat white. Lower neck chestnut. Back brown, with narrow fulvous bars. Rump and upper tail-coverts black. W. Indies, S. America, Africa (south of the Sahara), and Madagascar.
D. autumnalis, 19". Legs pink. Bill coral-red, nail blue. Mantle and back chestnut. Rump, upper tail-coverts, abdomen, flanks, and under wing-coverts black. C. America.
D. discolor. Similar to D. autumnalis, but mantle is grey-brown. Breast grey. North of S. America.
D. arborea. 22". Legs and bill black. Breast reddish brown, indistinctly spotted white. Abdomen and under tail-coverts white, thickly spotted black. Upper tail-coverts black. Bahamas and Antilles.
D. guttata. 17". Legs ashy. Bill black. Superciliary stripe, sides of head, and upper neck grey. Upper tail-coverts black, broadly barred white. Upper breast rufous, with white spots. Celebes, Moluccas, and New Guinea.
D. eytoni. 16". Legs rose. Bill reddish, with mottled patch. Sides of breast reddish, barred black. "Wing with no chestnut colour. Feathers of flanks buff, long, and acuminate, margined black. Australia and New Zealand.
Tarsus scutellate in front near the foot. Wing speculum always present, more or less conspicuous.