Dendrocygna javanica

Dendrocygna javanica, Horsf.

952. :- D. awsuree, Sykes. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 789 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 27; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 436; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 287 ; Game Birds of India, Vol., III, p. 110; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India, Ibis, 1885, p. 137.


Length, 16 to 17.45 ; expanse, 27.25 to 30.3; wing, 7 to 8.04 ; tail, 2.3 to 3.02 ; tarsus, 1.6 to 1.92 ; bill from gape, 1.7 to 2.06 ; weight, 1 to 1 1/4 lbs.

Bill blackish; irides brown; orbits bright-yellow; legs and feet dark plumbeous.

Head and occiput dull wood-brown ; face, ears, and neck, pale whity-brown, becoming darker on the back of the neck and upper back, and faintly edged with pale rusty; back and scapulars dusky-black, broadly edged with rusty-brown ; rump glossy black ; upper tail-coverts chesnut; tail brown with slightly paler edges; lesser and median wing-coverts fine rich maroon-red ; greater-coverts and all the quills dusky-black; beneath, the chin and throat albescent ; the neck whity-brown, passing into brown, yellowish on the lower neck, and gradually merging into the deep ferruginous or light chesnut of the whole of the lower surface ; vent and under tail-coverts albescent.

The Whistling Teal is very common in Sind, fairly common in Central India and Rajputana, and not uncommon in Guzerat; in all these places, I believe, it to be a permanent resident; in the Deccan, where it is more or less rare, it only occurs as a seasonal visitant. The nest is usually placed on the lower limb of a largish tree, but occasionally old crow nests are utilized. The eggs, ten to fourteen in number, are of a broad oval shape, and are nearly pure white in color.

They measure 1.86 inches in length by 1.48 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Dendrocygna javanica
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Whistling Teal
Lesser Whistling Duck
Dendrocygna javanica

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