Scientific Name: Nettapus coromandelianus Common Name: Cotton Pygmy-goose Other Names: Cotton teal, White-quilled pygmy goose
Identifying Features: Males have a dark brown forehead and crown, back and wing coverts are dark brown with green and purple gloss, female has a duller cap and a brown line through the eye, males have a blackish green broad collar at the base of neck while females have spots, both have red iris, black legs and bill.
- Small individuals of this species are the smallest waterfowl on earth.
- They fly swiftly, often low over water, and are agile enough to escape falcons.
- They were hunted with shotguns especially in British India.
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