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Alternative names: White Pygmy-goose, White Dwarf-goose, White-quilled Pygmy-goose, White-quilled Dwarf-goose, Indian Pygmy-goose, Australian Pygmy-goose, Cotton Teal.

Nominate subspecies male in full breeding plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, July-2016
Nettapus coromandelianus

Identification

Nominate subspecies breeding pair
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, July-2016

30–38 cm (11¾-15 in)
Breeding Male

  • Glossy black-green crown
  • White head
  • White neck
  • White below
  • Black collar
  • White wing bar
  • Green wings

Female

  • Paler
  • Lacks black collar

Eclipse male

  • Similar to female
  • White wing bar

Distribution

Subspecies N. c. albipennis female
Photo © by Mat & Cathy
Queensland, Australia, January 2007

Asia and Australasia
Asia: Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Melanesia

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies:1

Habitat

Freshwater marshes, well vegetated ponds, lakes, lagoons and creeks.

Behaviour

Diet

A dabbling duck, they forage for seeds, grass and aquatic plants and will also eat insects.

Breeding

The clutch of 8-15 ivory eggs is laid in the nest which is made in a tree hole, lined with feathers and grass.

Gallery

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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