[ edit] Identification
Chestnut breast band
Green neck and head (looks black)
Black scapulars, flight feathers and stripe from breast band to vent
Reddish-yellow undertail coverts
White tail with black tip
Red bill with fleshy knob (larger in spring Male)
[ edit] Distribution
Palearctic region; winters to Near East, India and Myanmar.
[ edit] Taxonomy
This is a
monotypic species .
Wintering group in North
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Nazafgarh Wetland and Marshes, Delhi-Gurgaon Border,
[ edit] Habitat
Estuaries, lakes, rivers and salt marshes.
[ edit] Behaviour
[ edit] Breeding
They nest in burrows, holes, caves and cliffs. The nest is lined with down for the 8-12 white eggs. Both sexes incubate and care for the young.
The diet includes invertebrates.
[ edit] Vocalistion
Listen in an external program
[ edit] References
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728
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