846. Marmaronetta angubtirostris

846. Marbled Duck.
MARMARONETTA ANGUBTIROSTRIS.
Marmaronetta angustirostris (Menetr.), Cat. Rais. p. 58 (1832) ; (Gould), A. of E. v. p. 373 ; (Dresser), vi. p. 479, pl. 423 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvii. p. 321 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 154.
Ruhilla, Roseta, Span. ; Garganella marmorata, Ital. ; Oozonosoi-tchirok, Russ. ; Chihil, Moor.
Male ad. (Spain). Head greyish brown barred with dark brown, the region round the eye dark brown ; upper parts dull brown tinged with grey, mottled and marbled with light greyish brown ; quills ashy grey ; secondaries pale creamy brown ; wing-coverts brownish grey ; tail ashy brown tipped with creamy buff ; under parts greyish white, the sides of head, throat, and neck finely striped with brown, the breast barred, and flanks barred and marbled with greyish brown ; under tail-coverts pale buff indistinctly barred ; bill bluish grey, black on culmen and tip ; legs dusky olive ; iris brown. Culmen 1.8, wing 7.9, tail 3.2, tarsus 1.2 inch. Female similar but duller.
Hab. Southern Europe, North Africa, Canaries, South-west Asia, east to Northern India.
In habits this Duck resembles the Teal, and like that bird feeds on vegetable matter, crustacea, insects, and worms ; its note is a low croaking whistle. Its nest is constructed of twigs and bents, lined with down, and is placed on the ground near water, usually under a bush, and its eggs 8 to 14 in number are usually laid in May, and are cream-coloured like those of Q. crecca and measure about 1.86 by 1.34.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
846. Marmaronetta angubtirostris
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
846
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
607
Common name: 
Marbled Duck
M_ID: 
498
M_CN: 
Marbled Duck
M_SN: 
Marmaronetta angustirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10529

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