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Cotton Pygmy Goose
|Cotton Pygmy Goose|
| Nettapus coromandelianus|
This species has a short bill, rounded head and short legs. The breeding male has white neck, head and underparts, and green crown, back and breast band. In flight, the wings are green with a white band, making the male conspicuous even amongst the huge flying flocks of the Lesser Whistling Duck, which share the habitat.
The eclipse male is duller, particularly on the underparts, which are greyish. Females and young birds also have greyish head and neck, and the female in flight has browner wings with only a narrow strip of white.
This is an abundant species in Asia, although the slightly larger Australian race appears to be declining in numbers.
- Wildfowl by Madge and Burn, ISBN 0-7470-2201-1
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