Anas caryophyllacea

Anas (Rhodonessa) caryophyllacea, Latham.

960. :- Jerdon's Birds of India Vol. II, p. 800; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 437; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 173; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 137.


Length, 24; wing, 10.75; tail, 4.75; expanse, 34.5 ; bill at front, 2.37 ; weight, 2 lbs.

Bill reddish-white, rosy at base, and faintly bluish at tip ; irides deep orange-red; legs and feet dark slate or blackish.

Male, with the head, cheeks, sides of neck, and hind-neck, beautiful pale rosy-pink, with, in the breeding season, a small tuft of still brighter rosy on the top of the head; the rest of the plumage fine glossy dark chocolate-brown, paler and less glossed beneath ; speculum and the inner webs of many of the quills pale reddish-fawn or dull salmon color; edge of the wing white ; uppermost tertiaries rich glossy green; lower wing-coverts and quills beneath pale dull pink color, with a satiny lustre.

The female has the pink of the head somewhat more dull and pale, and the vertex has a brownish spot in some, which is continued faintly down the back of the neck.

Young birds have the head and neck pale vinous-isabella color, with the top of the head, nape, and hind-neck, brown; the whole plumage lighter brown; in some mixed with whitish beneath.

Colonel Swinhoe found the Pink-headed Duck very plentiful at the Depalpore Lake near Mhow. It does, not appear to have been recorded from elsewhere within our limits.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Anas caryophyllacea
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Pink Headed Duck
Pink-headed Duck
Rhodonessa caryophyllacea

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