Nettapus coromandelianus

Nettapus coromandelianus, Gm.

951. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 786; Butler, Deccan Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 436; Guzerat, Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 27 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 137.


Length, 12.62 to 13.5; expanse, 20.5 to 24; wing, 6.25 to 6.75; tail, 2.82 to 3.25; tarsus, 1; bill, 1 to 1.25 ;weight, 8 to 11 ozs.

Length, 12.5 to 12.75; expanse, 21 to 22 ; wing, 6.25 to 6.37 ; tail, 2.8 to 3; bill from gape, 1 to 1.2 ; weight, 6.2 to 9 ozs.

Bill black; irides crimson; legs and feet from light yellowish to dirty sap-green.

Top of the head black; back, scapulars and wings richly glossed with purple and green, the purple prevailing on the back and scapulars; the wing-coverts and base of the quills green ; rump blackish in the middle, white at the sides ; upper tail-coverts cinereous brown with pale mottlings; tail blackish-brown; primary quills with a large white patch tipped with black on their terminal half, the white gradually diminishing in extent; the secondaries only tipped with white; tertials pure black, glossed green externally, purplish within ; face, back of head, and whole neck and under parts pure white, with a black collar round the lower part of the neck; flanks white, with fine zig-zag brown lines; vent and under tail-coverts mottled, dusky and white.

The female is duller and more brown, above faintly glossed; the primaries want the white patch; the sides of the rump and upper tail-coverts are pale brown ; the top of the head is dusky, and there is a dark stripe through the eyes ; the neck is mottled with dusky lines, the under parts are dirty white, the flanks pale brown, and under tail-coverts whitish.

This miniature Goose is not uncommon in suitable localities (weed-grown tanks and jheels) in the Deccan; it is far more common in Central India and parts of Rajputana, but I cannot find any record of its occurrence in Guzerat, neither does it occur in Sind.

It is a permanent resident, breeding in July and August.

The eggs, ten or twelve in number, are generally placed in holes in trees; they are oval in shape, of a delicate ivory-white color, and measure 1.7 inches in length by about 1.29 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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Nettapus coromandelianus
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Cotton Teal
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Nettapus coromandelianus

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